Article Abstract

Does recurrent endogenous hypoxia protect the heart?

Authors: Kristin M. Aakre, Torbjørn Omland


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by episodic airway obstruction resulting in intermittent hypoxia and disrupted sleep. The associated activation of the sympathetic nervous system may lead to acute blood pressure elevation and metabolic disturbances, including lipolysis and insulin resistance (1).