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Treating Sleep Apnea with CPAP Therapy is Associated with Lower Risk of Heart Problems

Penn Nursing’s Amy Sawyer, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Sleep & Health Behavior in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, is co-lead investigator for a study showing that patients with untreated, moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea had a higher risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event, but the risk of incident heart problems was decreased in those who used CPAP therapy. The findings were published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and were presented as a poster during Virtual SLEEP 2021.