Sleep apnea common in atrial fibrillation patients

IMAGE: This is Niklas Höglund, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University. view A study involving cardiac patients at the University Hospital of Umeå shows that over 80 percent of patients treated for atrial fibrillation also have sleep apnea - a condition with pauses in breathing during sleep. The study, presented in a dissertation at Umeå University, indicates that the prevalence of sleep apnea is not affected by electrical cardioversion. "The results of our study emphasises the importance of examining if patients with cardiac arrhythmia patients also suffer from sleep apnea. Previous studies show that the treatment...

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