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Mayo Clinic Physicians Report Findings from Research on Sleep Disorders
Date:10/24/2007

Researchers share updates about sleep apnea and sleep behavior disorders

ROCHESTER, Minn., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayo Clinic physicians offered updates about diagnosing and treating patients with a variety of sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea and sleep behavior disorders, at CHEST 2007, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Chicago on Oct. 20-25. The following are brief summaries of select presentations.

More than 12 million people in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep when the throat muscles relax

People with the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorder known as REM behavior disorder (RBD) sometimes act out their dreams by yelling or moving violently during REM sleep. A rare condition, RBD affects between 0.4 percent and 0.5 percent of the population.

Each year, physicians at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota treat thousands of patients who have sleep disorders. For more information on the treatment of sleep disorders at Mayo Clinic, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/sleep-disorders/.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Linked with Cardiovascular Problems

Daytime fatigue, sleepiness and sleep-deprived bed partners are several symptoms commonly observed in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. More serious, however, are the cardiovascular problems associated with this sleep disorder.

Mayo Clinic pulmonologist Kannan Ramar, M.B.B.S., M.D., describes how physiological changes that occur during obstructive sleep apnea episodes affect the cardiovascular system. Sudden drops in blood-oxygen levels increase blood pressure and strain the cardiovascular system. About half of those with sleep apnea develop high blood pressure (hypertension), which raises their risk of heart failure
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