Sleep Apnea Testing and Management in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Why is it So Difficult?

Lien Desteghe, Dominik Linz, Jeroen M. Hendriks

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Abstract

Sleep apnea (SA) is highly prevalent in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), partially because of the global obesity epidemic. The results of multiple basic science and mechanistic clinical studies form a solid basis for a plausible pathophysiological link between SA and AF.1 Randomized controlled clinical studies are lacking, but in a meta-analysis of 7 prospective cohort studies comprising 1087 patients, treatment of SA by continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) was associated with 40% reduction of AF recurrence after electrical cardioversion or catheter ablation.2
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-326
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of cardiovascular nursing
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Sleep apnea (SA
  • atrial fibrillation (AF)
  • rhythm control

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