Patients hospitalized with heart failure could benefit from inpatient screening for sleep apnea, a practice that is not routinely done, despite the link between apnea and worsened heart failure, according to a new study. The study, whose lead author is Sunil Sharma, MD, of Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, found that patients diagnosed in the hospital were as likely to comply with apnea treatment, even though they were asymptomatic, as those who sought treatment for symptoms at outpatient sleep clinics. It also showed trends toward survival benefit in patients who were compliant with the PAP therapy. The study was be published in Thursday’s issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM) (Dec. 15).
Previous studies have shown that patients who receive treatment are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital for heart failure than patients who don’t.Read More