Continuous positive airway pressure and platelet activation in obstructive sleep apnoea.

Dermot Cox, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Aidan Bradford, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Document Type Article

This is published in Respiration 2009;77:18-20 (DOI:10.1159/000164392) PMID: 18849598


Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a complex condition associated with a number of cardiovascular sequelae including hypertension (both systemic and pulmonary), congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, myocardial infarction and stroke [1-6]. However, the recent American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology scientific statement on sleep apnoea suggests that there is a paucity of data for a causal role of OSA in cardiovascular disease [7] which underlines the importance of studies such as that of Akinnusi and co-workers in this edition of Respiration that are aimed at understanding the pathophysiology of OSA