2019 Winter Conference

MW19B01A - Sleep Apnea: What Is It and Why Should We Care?

Jan 25, 2019 8:00am ‐ Jan 25, 2019 9:15am


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic medical condition characterized by repetitive collapse of the upper airway during sleep, which can result in disrupted sleep and poor sleep quality. The complications of untreated OSA include excessive daytime sleepiness, decreased alertness, impaired mood, reduced quality of life and increased risk of cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease. Treatment of OSA can help improve quality of life and reduce the risk of associated medical comorbidities, and has been shown to be cost-effective on a population level.

Learning Objectives:

  • Comprehend the pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Identify complications of untreated obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Evaluate cost-effectiveness of obstructive sleep apnea treatment.


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