Sleep apnea may confer increased AF risk

Sleep Disordered Breathing, Sleep, Sleep Apnea, Adult Sleep Issues

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing have an increased risk for atrial fibrillation, according to a poster presented at the Cardiometabolic Health Conference.

Irini Youssef, MS, of the department of medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and colleagues analyzed data from 19,837 patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or sleep disordered breathing (SDB) from nine studies. Sample sizes from each trial ranged from 160 patients to 6,841 patients.

OSA was defined as apnea-hypopnea index > 5, respiratory distress index > 30 or 3% oxygen desaturation index > 15.

Patients with OSA had a higher risk for AF compared with the control group (OR = 2.12; 95% CI, 1.845-2.436).

Moderate heterogeneity was observed for the pooled analysis, according to the poster.

“Our study confirms and further strengthens the notion that OSA/SDB populations are at high risk for development of AF, a disease with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality,” Youssef and colleagues wrote.

Source:  Healio

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Written by Darlene Dobkowski of Healio

I am a Physician Assistant proficient in the first assist of robotic-assisted and general urologic surgeries, as well as radiology services. I began my career in medicine as a Registered Nurse, and once I earned my certification as a PA, I began work in out-patient hemodialysis clinics, where I assisted in the management of end-stage renal disease patients including pregnant, diabetic, anemic, multi-drug resistant hypertensive and general internal medicine patients. I also have experience treating chronic kidney disease patients, stages 1-4. Since assuming my current position at Holy Name Medical Center, I have been a PA in both interventional radiology services and most recently, in urologic oncology. My contributions to clinical research have involved me in assisting in numerous on-going studies within the hospital. I have been appointed as chair of the National Kidney Foundation’s Council of Advanced Practitioners, and have delivered lectures at Foundation conferences on Peripheral Arterial Disease and Vascular Access in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), Diabetic Kidney Disease, and anticipate in 2017 to deliver talks on Renal Cell Carcinoma and Obstructive Uropathy. Additionally, I was appointed as co-chair of Holy Name Medical Center’s Advance Practice Council and also serve as a Fellow of the National Kidney Foundation.
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