What percentage of patients with resistant hypertension (high blood pressure) have an elevated apnea/hypopnea index?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Obstructive sleep apnea is also associated with resistant hypertension, with 85% of patients with resistant hypertension having an elevated apnea/hypopnea index. A study by Pedrosa et al also found that 2 good predictors of sleep apnea in patients older than 50 years with resistant hypertension is a large neck circumference and snoring. [120]


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