CPAP Tied to Improved A-Fib Outcomes for Those With OSA

Share this content:
CPAP Tied to Improved A-Fib Outcomes for Those With OSA
CPAP Tied to Improved A-Fib Outcomes for Those With OSA

(HealthDay News) -- Patients with both atrial fibrillation and obstructive sleep apnea are less likely to have a recurrence of atrial fibrillation if they use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, a new report says. The results were published in the March 1 issue of JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Researchers from the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City reviewed seven studies that included 1,087 people with sleep apnea. They found that CPAP use was associated with a 42 percent reduction in the recurrence of atrial fibrillation.

"Our study confirms the expanding body of evidence that treatment of modifiable risk factors has a significant impact on the long-term suppression of atrial fibrillation regardless of the type of therapy offered," study author Larry Chinitz, M.D., professor of medicine and cardiac electrophysiology at the New York University School of Medicine, said in a journal news release. "Technology for home screening of sleep apnea needs to be made widely available and become as routine as measurements of blood pressure and blood sugar levels in diabetics."

Sleep apnea and several other conditions, including hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, contribute to the onset and progression of atrial fibrillation, journal editor-in-chief David Wilber, M.D., said in the news release. "This study provides important evidence that we need to identify and treat these associated conditions if our more direct efforts to suppress the arrhythmia by antiarrhythmic drugs or ablation are to be effective," he added.

One author disclosed financial ties to Biotronik, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and St. Jude Medical

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Zika, West Nile Cases Reported in Alabama

Zika, West Nile Cases Reported in Alabama

State health officials note that Zika hasn't been transmitted locally

TBI Linked to Increased Suicide Risk

TBI Linked to Increased Suicide Risk

Increased suicide risk with one, two, and three or more medical contacts for traumatic brain injury

Triple Combo Blood Pressure Pill Can Improve BP Control

Triple Combo Blood Pressure Pill Can Improve BP ...

Proportion achieving target BP increased with use of triple combo pill versus usual care at six months

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »