Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is characterised by repetitive, partial (hypopnoea) or complete (apnoea) occlusions of the upper airway during sleep, resulting in frequent arousals and sleep fragmentation.
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Competencies (2016) addressed: 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.1, 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.6.3.
Angelo is a regular patient of your pharmacy. He is in his mid-50s, and gets prescriptions for Coversyl (perindopril) and Lipitor (atorvastatin) dispensed every month. He comes in today and talks about his snoring. His wife has been complaining about his snoring for years, and lately he is more tired than usual and doesn’t feel well rested in the morning. He knows he needs to lose weight (Body Mass Index (BMI) 33 kg/m2 and waist circumference 109 cm), and is planning to start an exercise program at the gym. He wants to know what else he can do to sleep better and feel more rested.
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