Fast Five Quiz: Test Yourself on Key Clinical Aspects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Zab Mosenifar, MD


March 23, 2017

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), also referred to as obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea, is a sleep disorder that involves cessation or significant decrease in airflow in the presence of breathing effort. It is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing and is characterized by recurrent episodes of upper airway collapse during sleep. OSA associated with excessive daytime sleepiness is commonly called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and is also referred to as obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome. Despite being a common disease, OSA is underrecognized by most primary care physicians in the United States; an estimated 80% of Americans with OSAS are not diagnosed.

OSA is a very important diagnosis for physicians to consider because of its strong association with and potential cause of the most debilitating medical conditions, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, insulin-resistance diabetes, depression, and sleepiness-related accidents.

How much do you know about OSA? Test yourself with our quick quiz.


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