April 30, 2022

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Disclosures: Tsai says she sits on the Resmed Corp. Physician Advisory Council.

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CHICAGO — In this video, Sheila Tsai, MD, a sleep medicine physician at National Jewish Health in Denver, explains how to screen, diagnose, and treat obstructive sleep apnea and obesity-related hypoventilation syndrome.

Obstructive sleep apnea affects about 5% of men and 3% of women, and obesity-related hypoventilation affects about 0.4% of the general US population, according to Tsai. Ninety percent of patients with obesity-related hypoventilation have obstructive sleep apnea.

Tsai shared key messages related to these sleep disorders from her presentation at the CPA Internal Medicine meeting.

“It’s important to ask about and suspect sleep issues so we can treat our patients appropriately,” she said.


Tsai S. Obstructive sleep apnea and obesity hypoventilation syndrome. Presented at: ACP Internal Medicine Meeting; April 28-30, 2022; Chicago.

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