Journal article

Nightly sleep apnea severity in patients with atrial fibrillation: Potential applications of long-term sleep apnea monitoring

Dominik Linz, Mathias Baumert, Lien Desteghe, Kadhim Kadhim, Kevin Vernooy, Jonathan M Kalman, Dobromir Dobrev, Michael Arzt, Manu Sastry, Harry JGM Crijns, Ulrich Schotten, Martin R Cowie, R Doug McEvoy, Hein Heidbuchel, Jeroen Hendriks, Prashanthan Sanders, Dennis H Lau

IJC Heart & Vasculature | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2019


In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), the prevalence of moderate-to-severe sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) ranges between 21% and 72% and observational studies have demonstrated that SDB reduces the efficacy of rhythm control strategies, while treatment with continuous positive airway pressure lowers the rate of AF recurrence. Currently, the number of apneas and hypopneas per hour (apnea-hypopnea-index, AHI) determined during a single overnight sleep study is clinically used to assess the severity of SDB. However, recent studies suggest that SDB-severity in an individual patient is not stable over time but exhibits a considerable night-to-night variability which cannot be detected by o..

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