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Association of sleep-disordered breathing, sleep apnea, and hypertension in a large community-based study. Sleep Heart Health Study.

TitleAssociation of sleep-disordered breathing, sleep apnea, and hypertension in a large community-based study. Sleep Heart Health Study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsNieto FJ, Young TB, Lind BK, Shahar E, Samet JM, Redline S, D'Agostino RB, Newman AB, Lebowitz MD, Pickering TG
Date Published2000 Apr 12
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Cohort Studies, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Hypertension, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Obesity, Polysomnography, Sleep Apnea Syndromes, Snoring

CONTEXT: Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and sleep apnea have been linked to hypertension in previous studies, but most of these studies used surrogate information to define SDB (eg, snoring) and were based on small clinic populations, or both.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between SDB and hypertension in a large cohort of middle-aged and older persons.

DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional analyses of participants in the Sleep Heart Health Study, a community-based multicenter study conducted between November 1995 and January 1998.

PARTICIPANTS: A total of 6132 subjects recruited from ongoing population-based studies (aged > or = 40 years; 52.8% female).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Apnea-hypopnea index (AHI, the average number of apneas plus hypopneas per hour of sleep, with apnea defined as a cessation of airflow and hypopnea defined as a > or = 30% reduction in airflow or thoracoabdominal excursion both of which are accompanied by a > or = 4% drop in oxyhemoglobin saturation) [corrected], obtained by unattended home polysomnography. Other measures include arousal index; percentage of sleep time below 90% oxygen saturation; history of snoring; and presence of hypertension, defined as resting blood pressure of at least 140/90 mm Hg or use of antihypertensive medication.

RESULTS: Mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure and prevalence of hypertension increased significantly with increasing SDB measures, although some of this association was explained by body mass index (BMI). After adjusting for demographics and anthropometric variables (including BMI, neck circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio), as well as for alcohol intake and smoking, the odds ratio for hypertension, comparing the highest category of AHI (> or = 30 per hour) with the lowest category ( or = 12% vs

CONCLUSION: Our findings from the largest cross-sectional study to date indicate that SDB is associated with systemic hypertension in middle-aged and older individuals of different sexes and ethnic backgrounds.

Alternate JournalJAMA
PubMed ID10770144
Grant ListU01HL53931 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
U01HL53938 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
U01HL53940 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States