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Dr. Thomas Rice, faculty member of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, provides an overview of obstructive sleep apnea and discusses its link to cardiovascular disease. He reviews case studies and discusses the links between sleep and health.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Screen and treat Atrial fibrillation patients for OSA to improve AF related outcomes.
  • Discuss complex CPAP emergent sleep apnea complicating CHF requiring specific advance forms of noninvasive ventilatioin with bilevel PAP to control breathing during sleep.
  • Determine the direction of causality that link OSA and Resistant Hypertension

Reading Resources:

  1. Rice TB, Foster GD, Sanders MH, et al. The Relationship Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Self-Reported Stroke or Coronary Heart Disease in Overweight and Obese Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Sleep. 2012;35(9):1293-1298.
  2. Gupta P, Green JW, Tang X, Gall CM, Gossett JM, Rice TB, Kacmarek RM, Wetzel RC.
  3. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Mar;168(3):243-9. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.4463.
  4. Somers VK, White DP, Amin R, et al. Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease, J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008;52(8):686-717


Drs. Rice has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1 contact hour.

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Release Date: 10/1/15 | Last Modified On: 10/1/15 | Expires: 10/3/16

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