CPAP validated as sleep apnoea treatment

Oxygen treatment is ineffective in reducing blood pressure in sleep apnoea patients with cardiovascular disease, according to a study that tested if it was a viable alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

Although patients on oxygen had better adherence than those on CPAP, the 318-patient Harvard Medical School study showed they did no better than patients who received only sleep and lifestyle education.

When patients with CVD or multiple cardiovascular risk factors were treated for obtrusive sleep apnoea with CPAP