Delirium after cardiac surgery: have we overlooked obstructive sleep apnea?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Obstructive sleep apnea is common in patients with cardiovascular disease. It is well known that cardiac surgery is a risk factor for delirium. Researchers have shown that obstructive sleep apnea is an independent risk factor for the occurrence of delirium. In this manuscript we speculate on how obstructive sleep apnea may increase the risk of delirium in patients with cardiac surgery. If this is found to be confirmed, we would have another target through which we can decrease the risk of delirium in this population.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mirrakhimov, AE; Yen, T; Kwatra, MM

Published Date

  • July 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 81 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 15 - 20

PubMed ID

  • 23618612

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4514440

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-2777

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.mehy.2013.03.033


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States