Case Report | Open Access
Sleep Apnea and Aortic Dissection
A 62-year-old man presented with obstructive sleep apnea, congestive heart failure and Cheyne-Stokes respiration. Further evaluation revealed a chronic dissecting aneurysm of the aorta causing vena caval obstruction. Surgical correction or the aneurysm dramatically improved ventricular function with resolution of Cheyne-Stokes respiration. Nasal continuous positive airway pressure corrected the obstructive sleep apnea and associated clinical features. The cardiopulmonary interactions between sleep apnea and aortic dissection are discussed.
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