Risk for sleep apnea syndrome in Pakistan: a cross-sectional survey utilizing the Berlin questionnaire
Purpose: The Purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of individuals at high risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea in the Pakistani population using a validated questionnaire. Materials and methods: This is a cross-sectional survey using a pre-validated, interviewer-administered questionnaire conducted at the Aga Khan University Hospital. All healthy individuals above 18 years of age attending a seminar were included as participants after consent. Results: The percentage of people in the high-risk group was calculated to be 12.4% out of a population of 137. Presence of snoring, hypertension, and body mass index > 27.5 kg/m(2) was found to be more prevalent in high-risk individuals. Conclusions: A significant proportion of the population is at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
Sleep and Breathing
(2009). Risk for sleep apnea syndrome in Pakistan: a cross-sectional survey utilizing the Berlin questionnaire. Sleep and Breathing, 13(1), 103-106.
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