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Obstructive sleep apnea in the elderly

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a respiratory sleep disorder characterized by an intermittent complete or partial collapse of the airways, with consequent episodes of apnea and hypopnea. Respiratory pauses cause acute adverse effects including oxyhemoglobin desaturation, changes in blood pressure and heart rate, increased sympathetic activity, arousal corticals (micro awakenings) and sleep fragmentation. Dr. Cristina Anna Maria Lo Iacono, expert in Geriatrics in Rome, talks about it

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