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Sleep Apnea: Obstructive and Neurologic Pathway Ongoing Research

Professor j.w. Malhotra

Ten percent of the population has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), defined as the repetitive collapse of the upper airway during sleep, leading to a reduction of blood oxygenation and surges of adrenaline levels. Recurrent stoppages of breathing lead to repeated awakening and sleep deprivation, which is associated with impaired learning and memory as well as motor-vehicle and job-site accidents. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves oxygenation, reduces carbon dioxide levels, improves sleep, and reduces blood pressure. Studies are underway to determine the effects of CPAP on the incidence of stroke and heart attacks. This lecture discusses the current state of OSA research.

Instructor: Dr. Atul Malhotra is the Division Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and Kenneth M. Moser Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Malhotra is the immediate past president of the American Thoracic Society, the world's leading professional organization for pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Coordinator: Steven Wyte

Course Number: OSHR-70159   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
08/10/2017 In-class 125114 $0.00  

Day and Time: Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla