Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2014; 18 - a2161
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1388681

The Functional Capacity and the Relationship to the Level of Physical Activity in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Caroline Fernandes Rimoli 1, Carla Graciliano Arguello Nunes 1, Eleni Kate Pires 1, Jefferson Luis de Barros 1, Luis Alan Cardoso de Melo 1, Silke Anna Thereza Weber 1
  • 1Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu, Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp)

Introduction: The Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is characterized by upper-airway obstruction, defined as repeated episodes of obstructive apnea and hypopnea during sleep, together with daytime sleepiness or altered cardiopulmonary function. OSAS is a very prevalent disorder, particularly among middle-aged obese men, although its existence in women is increasingly recognized. Over the past 25 years, the prevalence of overweight and obese people in developed countries has increased at all ages, and physical activity is important to combat the sedentary lifestyle.

Objective: The study aimed to describe the relationship of the level of functional capacity and physical activity in patients with OSAS.

Resumed Report: It analyzed 29 volunteers with ages between 30 and 67 years old. They were asked to take the 6-minute walk test to evaluate functional capacity and then it was used to evaluate the level of physical activity.

Conclusion: The present study found that patients with OSAS have decreased functional capacity and showed that the apnea is connected to physical activity.

Keywords: sleep, apnea, physical activity, functional capacity.