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The rheological properties of blood and the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)

Maciej Tażbirek, Ludmiła Słowińska, Marcin Kawalski, Władysław Pierzchała
DOI: 10.5603/FHC.2011.0028
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Folia Histochem Cytobiol 2011;49(2):206-210.

open access

Vol 49, No 2 (2011)
REVIEW
Published online: 2011-07-11
Submitted: 2011-12-19

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an important public health concern, which affects around 2–4% of the population. Left untreated, it causes a decrease not only in quality of life, but also of life expectancy. Despite the fact that knowledge about the mechanisms of development of cardiovascular disease in patients with OSA is still incomplete, observations confirm a relationship between sleep disordered breathing and the rheological properties of blood. One possible consequence of an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease may be a rise in mortality in OSA patients. Continuously improved research methods are allowing for an increasingly more accurate understanding of the significance of observed changes. (Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica 2011, Vol. 49, No. 2, 206–210)

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an important public health concern, which affects around 2–4% of the population. Left untreated, it causes a decrease not only in quality of life, but also of life expectancy. Despite the fact that knowledge about the mechanisms of development of cardiovascular disease in patients with OSA is still incomplete, observations confirm a relationship between sleep disordered breathing and the rheological properties of blood. One possible consequence of an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease may be a rise in mortality in OSA patients. Continuously improved research methods are allowing for an increasingly more accurate understanding of the significance of observed changes. (Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica 2011, Vol. 49, No. 2, 206–210)
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Keywords

obstructive sleep apnea; hemorheology; blood viscosity; erythrocyte deformability; cardiovascular diseases

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Title

The rheological properties of blood and the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)

Journal

Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica

Issue

Vol 49, No 2 (2011)

Pages

206-210

Published online

2011-07-11

DOI

10.5603/FHC.2011.0028

Bibliographic record

Folia Histochem Cytobiol 2011;49(2):206-210.

Keywords

obstructive sleep apnea
hemorheology
blood viscosity
erythrocyte deformability
cardiovascular diseases

Authors

Maciej Tażbirek
Ludmiła Słowińska
Marcin Kawalski
Władysław Pierzchała

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