A new study found that treating obstructive sleep apnea with CPAP therapy increased self-reported physical activity in adults with a history of heart disease.
During a mean follow-up period of 3.7 years, the group treated with CPAP therapy reported approximately 20% higher levels of moderate physical activity compared with the control group. The study also found the CPAP group was more likely to report activity levels consistent with expert recommendations.
“We were pleased to find that our CPAP users reported that they were better able to maintain their levels of activity over the four years of the study, and that they reported fewer limitations in moderate and vigorous activities including those that are important for independent aging, like walking up the stairs,” study coauthor Kelly Loffler, PhD, a research fellow at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, said in a statement.
The study is published in the February issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
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