Statistics about Sleep apnea


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Sleep apnea. The term 'prevalence' of Sleep apnea usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Sleep apnea at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Sleep apnea refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Sleep apnea diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Sleep apnea: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Sleep apnea)
  Prevalance of Sleep apnea: estimated 18 million Americans (NHLBI)
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 15 or 6.62% or 18 million people in USA [about data]
  Undiagnosed prevalence of Sleep apnea: estimated 2-4% of Americans undiagnosed
  Undiagnosed prevalence rate: approx 1 in 50 or 2.00% or 5.4 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Sleep apnea: It has been estimated that as many as 18 million Americans have sleep apnea.1
Society statistics for Sleep apnea
  Hospitalization statistics for Sleep apnea: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Sleep apnea:
  • 0.092% (11,714) of hospital consultant episodes were for sleep apnoea in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 98% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 74% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 26% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.7 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for sleep apnoea in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for sleep apnoea in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 43 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for sleep apnoea in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 62% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6% of hospital consultant episodes for sleep apnoea were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.034% (18,076) of hospital bed days were for sleep apnoea in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Sleep Apnea: NWHIC

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