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Obstructive sleep apnea and diurnal nondipping hemodynamic indices in patients at increased cardiovascular risk

Seif, Fadia; Patel, Sanjay R.b,c; Walia, Harneet K.g; Rueschman, Michaelb; Bhatt, Deepak L.b,d; Blumenthal, Roger S.e; Quan, Stuart F.b; Gottlieb, Daniel J.b,d; Lewis, Eldrin F.b; Patil, Susheel P.e; Punjabi, Naresh M.e; Babineau, Denise C.f; Redline, Susanb,c; Mehra, Reenag

Journal of Hypertension:
doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000000011

Rationale: We hypothesized increasing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity would be associated with nondipping blood pressure (BP) in increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.

Methods: Baseline data from 298 cardiology patients recruited for a multicenter randomized controlled trial were examined. Dipping was defined as a sleep-related BP or heart rate (HR) reduction of at least 10%. Logistic regression models were fit, adjusting for age, sex, race, BMI, CVD risk factors, CVD, and study site.

Results: There was a statistically significant 4% increase in the odds of nondipping SBP per 1-unit increase in both apnea hypopnea index (AHI) and oxygen desaturation index (ODI). There was no significant relationship between AHI and nondipping mean arterial pressure (MAP); however, a 3% increase in the odds of nondipping MAP per 1-unit increase in ODI was observed [odds ratio (OR) = 1.03; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.00–1.05]. At severe OSA levels, a 10 and 4% increase in odds of nondipping DBP per 1-unit increase in AHI and ODI were observed, respectively. A 6% [OR = 1.06; 95% CI (1.01–1.10)] increase in nondipping HR odds was observed with each increase in ODI until the upper quartile of ODI.

Conclusion: In patients at cardiovascular risk and moderate-to-severe OSA, increasing AHI and/or ODI were associated with increased odds of nondipping SBP and nondipping MAP. More severe levels of AHI and ODI also were associated with nondipping DBP. These results support progressive BP burden associated with increased OSA severity even in patients managed by cardiology specialty care.

Author Information

aDepartment of Medicine, Case School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

bBrigham and Women's Hospital

cBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

dVA Boston Healthcare System, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

eJohns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

fDepartment of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University

gCleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Correspondence to Reena Mehra, MD, MS, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA. Tel: +1 216 444 8072; fax: +1 216 636 0090; e-mail:

Abbreviations: AHI, apnea hypopnea index; BP, blood pressure; CAD, coronary artery disease; CVD, cardiovascular disease; HR, heart rate; MAP, mean arterial pressure; ODI, oxygen desaturation index; OSA, obstructive sleep apnea

Received 30 May, 2013

Revised 23 July, 2013

Accepted 26 August, 2013

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