Continuous positive airway pressure therapy lowers vagal tone in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea syndrome.

@article{Chrysostomakis2006ContinuousPA,
  title={Continuous positive airway pressure therapy lowers vagal tone in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea syndrome.},
  author={Stavros I. Chrysostomakis and Emmanuel N Simantirakis and Sophia E Schiza and Ioannis K. Karalis and Nikolaos C Klapsinos and Nikolaos Siafakas and Panos E. Vardas},
  journal={Hellenic journal of cardiology : HJC = Hellenike kardiologike epitheorese},
  year={2006},
  volume={47 1},
  pages={
          13-20
        }
}
INTRODUCTION Sleep apnoea, which constitutes a major social problem because of its high prevalence and its emerging association with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, is known to affect autonomic nervous system activity. We assessed the hypothesis that treatment of sleep apnoea patients with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) alters the indices of heart rate variability (HRV) that reflect sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic nervous system activity. METHODS We studied 26… CONTINUE READING
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