Medical Definition of Sleep-disordered breathing

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Sleep-disordered breathing: A condition characterized by repeated episodes of hypopnea (underbreathing) and apnea (not breathing) during sleep. A significant proportion of adults are thought to experience sleep-disordered breathing.

Sleep-disordered breathing can cause temporary elevations in blood pressure in association with lowered blood oxygen levels and may cause elevated blood pressure during the daytime and, in time, sustained high blood pressure.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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