New guidelines put idea of sleep apnoea screening to bed

Treating obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves sleep and blood pressure but there’s still no good evidence it reduces mortality.

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued evidence-based recommendations on OSA, including putting the kybosh on the much-debated idea of population screening in primary care.

It says that while treatment of patients diagnosed with OSA improves the apnoea-hypopnoea index and quality of sleep, it remains unclear if it reduces cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events, cognitive impairment or motor vehicle

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