Sleep disorders and cardiovascular morbidities

6 CPD hours

Sleep disorders in cardiovascular patients are widely undiagnosed or even dismissed as a ’natural’ part of life. Recent research has shown that they considerably increase the risk of coronary disease, stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, depression and hospital readmission.  Untreated sleep disorders substantially impede rehabilitation. We focus on three common sleep disorders: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), insomnia, and snoring.

Topics include:

  • Sleep disorders and their medical consequences
  • How common are sleep disorders?
  • Snoring’s effects on partners
  • Screening and testing for sleep disorders in clinical practice
  • Treatments for sleep disorders
  • Where to send patients for further sleep treatment
  • Practical, inexpensive self-help techniques
  • Integrating sleep into cardiac rehab programs