Clinical cardiology 2017 12 14() doi 10.1002/clc.22827
Excessive daytime sleepiness is a frequent symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and has been proposed as a motivator for adherence to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. However, excessive daytime sleepiness is absent in many patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and concomitant OSA. We evaluated long-term use of CPAP and predictors of CPAP use in nonsleepy and sleepy OSA patients from a CAD cohort.
Long-term CPAP use is lower in CAD patients with nonsleepy OSA vs sleepy OSA.
Nonsleepy (Epworth Sleepiness Scale [ESS] score < 10) OSA patients randomized to CPAP (n = 122) and sleepy (ESS ≥10) OSA patients offered CPAP (n = 155) in the RICCADSA trial in Sweden were included in this substudy. The median follow-up was 4.8 years for the main trial, with a predefined minimum follow-up of 2 years. RESULTS
The probability of remaining on CPAP at 2 years was 60% in nonsleepy patients and 77% in sleepy patients. Multivariate analyses indicated that age and hours of CPAP use per night at 1 month were independently associated with long-term CPAP use in nonsleepy patients. In the sleepy phenotype, body mass index, acute myocardial infarction at baseline, and hours of CPAP use per night at 1 month were predictors of long-term CPAP use.
Long-term use of CPAP is likely to be challenging for CAD patients with nonsleepy OSA. Early CPAP use is an important predictor of continued long-term use of CPAP, so optimizing patients’ initial experience with CPAP could promote adherence.