The Best Apnea Interventions for Research (BestAIR) study aimed to randomize approximately 180 patients with sleep apnea who had either established CVD or at least three CVD risk factors into a 12-mo, four-arm intervention study. All arms included nightly use of nasal dilator strips and conservative medical therapy (CMT) defined as education on healthy sleep and lifestyle. The two active arms were: (1) active CPAP delivered using standard support from a trained sleep technician; and (2) active CPAP enhanced by a behavioral promotion intervention delivered by a behavioral therapist. The two control arms were: (1) sham-CPAP; and (2) CMT alone. The primary physiological outcome was change in mean 24-h systolic blood pressure. Process measures were recruitment yields, retention rates, and CPAP adherence levels.
The Apnea, Bariatric surgery, and CPAP (ABC) study is a randomized trial of CPAP versus laparoscopic gastric banding (LGB) for patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), hypothesizing that residual disease (effective apnea-hypopnea index [AHI]) and Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) would be significantly lower with LGB compared to CPAP at 9- and 18-months.