Sleep disordered breathing -: A hidden co-morbidity in patients with atrial fibrillation?

Jeroen M.L. Hendriks, Peter Johansson, Anna Strömberg, Martin Ulander, Anders Broström

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The association between atrial fibrillation (AF) and sleep disordered breathing is relatively unknown. Sleep disordered breathing includes obstructive sleep apnoea and central sleep apnoea, revealed as isolated and/or sometimes simultaneous disorders. The Apnoea-Hypopnoea Index (AHI) is used to grade sleep disordered breathing into three severity levels; mild (AHI 5–14); moderate (AHI 15–30); severe sleep disordered breathing (AHI >30).1 In the normal population, the occurrence of sleep disordered breathing varies according to severity, gender and age. Central sleep apnoea can in many cases occur as a consequence of cardiovascular disease.2 In other words, the prevalence of sleep disordered breathing in patients with different types of cardiovascular diseases (e.g. hypertension, heart failure, ischaemic heart disease and stroke), is significantly higher compared to patients without cardiovascular disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-482
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • atrial fibrillation
  • sleep disordered breathing
  • co-morbidity
  • sleep apnoea
  • cardiovascular disease


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