alexa Quality of Life and Public Health Issues in Patients Suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
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Journal of Sleep Disorders & Therapy
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Quality of Life and Public Health Issues in Patients Suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Athanasia Pataka*
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Respiratory Failure Unit, G. Papanikolaou Hospital, University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Corresponding Author : Athanasia Pataka
Lecturer of Respiratory Medicine
Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Respiratory Failure Unit, G. Papanikolaou Hospital
57010 Exohi, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: 00302313307253
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received March 18, 2013; Accepted April 15, 2013; Published April 19, 2013
Citation: Pataka A (2013) Quality of Life and Public Health Issues in Patients Suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. J Sleep Disord Ther 2:114. doi:10.4172/2167-0277.1000114
Copyright: © 2013 Pataka A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

Quality of Life (QoL) in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAHS) is substantially reduced.
OSAHS is as an important cause of morbidity and mortality as it is associated with a wide range of medical
consequences (hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, psychological effects) and also accidents. Sleepiness,
depression, fatigue and obesity have an important impact on QoL. Patients report problems in their social,
professional and sexual relationships. Effective treatment of sleep apnea can improve the QoL of the patients and
their families. As we live in an era of economic crisis cost effectiveness is crucial and in OSAHS the application of
treatment with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) results in a significant reduction in healthcare costs,
accidents and in an improvement of QoL of individuals and of society. This review focuses on the impact of OSAHS
on quality of life and public health issues and the effectiveness of OSAHS treatment in these aspects.

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