Journal article

P661Nocturnal hypoxemic burden in ambulatory patients with atrial fibrillation: a disease-orientated assessment of sleep-disordered breathing severity

D Linz, C Nalliah, M Baumert, K Kadhim, M Middeldorp, A Elliott, D Lau, D McEvoy, J Kalman, P Sanders

European Heart Journal | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2019


Abstract Background Studies investigating the relationship between sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and atrial fibrillation (AF) have largely assessed SDB-severity by the apnea–hypopnea index (AHI). However, the AHI does not incorporate nocturnal hypoxemic burden, which may increase the risk of non-paroxysmal AF (nPAF) as the clinical manifestation of more progressed AF substrates. This investigation sought to systematically characterize and compare the composition of AHI and hypoxemic burden with the aim to defining a disease-orientated metric for SDB-severity best associated with prevalent nPAF. ..

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