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Cardiovascular Disease in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome and Overlap Syndrome

[ Vol. 19 , Issue. 3 ]

Author(s):

A. Voulgaris, K. Archontogeorgis, P. Steiropoulos and N. Papanas*   Pages 285 - 300 ( 16 )

Abstract:


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) are among the most prevalent chronic respiratory disorders. Accumulating data suggest that there is a significant burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with COPD and OSAS, affecting negatively patients’ quality of life and survival. Overlap syndrome (OS), i.e. the co-existence of both COPD and OSAS in the same patient, has an additional impact on the cardiovascular system multiplying the risk of morbidity and mortality. The underlying mechanisms for the development of CVD in patients with either OSAS or COPD and OS are not entirely elucidated. Several mechanisms, in addition to smoking and obesity, may be implicated, including systemic inflammation, increased sympathetic activity, oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction. Early diagnosis and proper management of these patients might reduce cardiovascular risk and improve patients' survival. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge regarding epidemiological aspects, pathophysiological mechanisms and present point-to-point specific associations between COPD, OSAS, OS and components of CVD, namely, pulmonary hypertension, coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and stroke.

Keywords:

Cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, overlap syndrome, peripheral arterial disease, pulmonary hypertension, stroke.

Affiliation:

MSc Programme in Sleep Medicine, Medical School, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, MSc Programme in Sleep Medicine, Medical School, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, MSc Programme in Sleep Medicine, Medical School, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Diabetes Centre, Second Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis

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