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Estimated prevalence of OSA in the Americas stands at 170 million

Key clinical point: The large burden of OSA in the Americas has not been widely appreciated.

Major finding: The estimated prevalence of adult OSA in the Americas is 170 million, or 37% of the population.

Study details: An analysis of epidemiologic studies that included data on 38 countries in the Americas.

Disclosures: The research stemmed from an academic/industry partnership with ResMed, a medical equipment company that specializes in sleep-related breathing devices, which provided a donation the UCSD Sleep Medicine Center. Dr. Malhotra reported having no financial disclosures. Dr. Benjafield is an employee of ResMed.


Malhotra A et al. SLEEP 2019, Abstract 0477.