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Sleep Apnea Multiplies Risk of Arrhythmias Like Atrial Fibrillation - Odds Are 18 Times Higher

Posted Nov 02 2009 6:01am

Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that disrupts breathing during sleep, is believed to be linked to atrial fibrillation (AF) but until now, we didn’t know if apnea could actually trigger arrhythmias like afib. Now a new study shows the odds of having an abnormal heartbeat are 18 times higher immediately after an apnea episode, compared to the risk during normal sleep breathing.

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