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The link between sleep apnea and AFib

Posted by @cece55, Fri, Jan 18 9:53am

Hi everyone. I know that this discussion probably belongs in the heart group but I have made several friends here and feel comfortable asking this question. I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and am adjusting well thanks to all of you. Half a year ago I was diagnosed with AFib and it was my cardiologist that ordered a sleep study. He feels that there is a link between sleep apnea and AFib. I just had a bad episode for 15 hours yesterday but thankfully am back in rhythm right now. I am curious as to how many of you with sleep apnea have AFib also?

Thank you always for your responses.
CeCe55

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Yes there is a link. Cutting off the oxygen in sleep apnea results in shutting down the heart. This results in blood clots which lead to heart attacks and strokes. My father and his family had afib from sleep apnea which resulted in strokes and heart attacks which killed them. Years ago nobody realized the link so nobody was treated. My father unfortunately was diagnosed just before dieing from a stroke.

I have had sleep apnea for 5 years and faithfully wear a CPAC. A month ago I was diagnosed with AFIB.

Hi JMB73…thanks for responding. While I do not wish AFIB on anyone, I am still curious as to who has the combination? I am told a lot of people have AFIB but it is the silent type and until they go for a physical exam, they do not know it. Have a blessed Sunday!

CeCe55

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Hi JMB73…thanks for responding. While I do not wish AFIB on anyone, I am still curious as to who has the combination? I am told a lot of people have AFIB but it is the silent type and until they go for a physical exam, they do not know it. Have a blessed Sunday!

CeCe55

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My father had it with the silent afib. His doctor wanted a stress test done because of his family history of heart attacks and strokes in their 50s. The test showed the afib and get then had a quadruble bypass. My mother also had afib, but hers was from rheumatic fever as a child that caused scar tissue to block the heart valve. Afib can come from any stressor on the heart. It can also come from a faulty connection within the heart that regulates the heartbeat.

@cece55, @oregongirl, and others, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea last year and am now using a CPAP machine. Your question is timely because I see "possible atrial fibrillation" sometimes when I use my Kardia device to take an EKG. I had my doctor look at the EKG one time and forgot the explanation he gave but he said it wasn't A-Fib. Anyway I came across an article that supports the link between atrial fibrillation and sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Device Benefits Patients with AFib
https://www.cardiosmart.org/News-and-Events/2015/04/Sleep-Apnea-Device-Benefits-Patients-with-AFib

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@cece55, @oregongirl, and others, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea last year and am now using a CPAP machine. Your question is timely because I see "possible atrial fibrillation" sometimes when I use my Kardia device to take an EKG. I had my doctor look at the EKG one time and forgot the explanation he gave but he said it wasn't A-Fib. Anyway I came across an article that supports the link between atrial fibrillation and sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Device Benefits Patients with AFib
https://www.cardiosmart.org/News-and-Events/2015/04/Sleep-Apnea-Device-Benefits-Patients-with-AFib

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Hi John,

Thank you for finding that link. I read it and it helped me feel better about my AFib which is causing me some anxiety. It seems like in a couple of months, I went from minimal health problems to sleep apnea and afib and now blood thinners! I am a young 62 and have always exercised and eaten properly…hardly drink…now I am not even allowed a glass of preseco! horrors! My yoga instructor said that most likely, these things just didn't happen, but have been waiting to be found…I agree that these health problems have probably been going on several years. I am just thankful that they have now been discovered.

It has been exactly one month since I put on the mask and became a "bank robber". Only joking. I am finally getting comfortable and not fidgeting as much..or dreading….and am down to 5 and below episodes an hour. I pray my Afib stays under control as well.

Thank you again for everyone's support. Blessings!

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