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CPAP Reduces Hypercoagulability, as Assessed by Thromboelastography, in Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
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PMID:  22771782     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and hypercoagulability may be an underlying factor. We tested the hypotheses that patients with severe OSA are hypercoagulable and that two weeks of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment reduces this hypercoagulability. In a prospective crossover study, twelve patients were randomized to either CPAP or no-CPAP for two weeks, a one week washout period, and then the other testing period for two weeks. Thromboelastography was used to assess coagulability at the start and end of each period and the apnea-hypopnea indices (AHI) were measured at the end of each period. At baseline, ten patients had, compared to reference values, shorter clotting times, six increased rate of clot formation, twelve increased clot strength, and ten increased clotting indices. CPAP significantly reduced AHI (p=0.0003), clot strength (p=0.019) and clotting index (p=0.014). Hypercoagulability in patients with OSA can be detected by thromboelastography, and is reduced by CPAP.
Mazen Toukh; Effie J Pereira; Bani J Falcon; Christina Liak; Marina Lerner; Wilma M Hopman; Steve Iscoe; Michael F Fitzpatrick; Maha Othman
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory physiology & neurobiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-1519     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101140022     Medline TA:  Respir Physiol Neurobiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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