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Sleep apnea is the number one identifiable cause of high blood pressure (hypertension). It is also present in 83% of patients who suffer from refractory or “difficult to treat” hypertension. Treatment of sleep apnea has a profound impact on reducing blood pressure for those who already suffer from hypertension, refractory or not. This article, published through the American Heart Association, establishes that treatment of sleep apnea can prevent the onset of hypertension. Any health care entity – payer, provider or employer – can harness substantial value when sleep care is integrated to improve both blood pressure control and prevention of hypertension.

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