of SDB (obstructive sleep apnea, sleep apnea)
in both adults and children have become increasingly clear over
the last few years. In adults, the contribution of sleep apnea
to the development of systemic hypertension is becoming more
evident and data are accumulating that other adverse cardiovascular
outcomes (stroke, congestive heart failure, myocardial
infarction) may result from this disorder. In children,
there is increasing evidence that sleep apnea may contribute
to behavioral problems as well as learning and cognitive deficits.
Thus, the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder is important
from a variety of perspectives and across all ages.