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.