Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea Causes
Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heart beat) is a common cardiac arrhythmia. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Atrial Fibrillation (afib) share many of the same risk factors, such as male gender, congestive heart failure, hypertension, and coronary artery disease. Recent studies have suggested about 50% of patients with afib have OSA. Untreated OSA increases the risk of recurrence of afib after cardioversion treatment. In addition, the association of OSA and afib is greater than the association between OSA and risk factors such as coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure.
If you have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, it is critical this is updated on your medical history and Dr. Hilton is made aware of your condition on your next visit to our office.
Question or Concerns About the Connection Between Sleep Apnea & Atrial Fibrillation? Would you Like to Request a Consultation?
Many patients suffering from Sleep Apnea in Woodland Hills also suffer from Atrial Fibrillation. Both are dangerous and potentially life threatening. If you would like more information on diagnosis and treatment, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hilton at our Woodland Hills Sleep Medicine practice. It is important not to allow either condition to go untreated.