The link between Sleep apnoea and AF is deadly

The link between Sleep apnoea and AF is deadly

Approximately 1 out of every 15 persons suffers from obstructive sleep apnoea; unfortunately, more than half of these patients will remain undiagnosed. It is important to note that recent reports suggest sleep apnoea may reduce one’s lifespan by almost 20 yrs.

Sleep apnoea is a medical condition that makes you stop breathing mostly unconsciously, tens or even hundreds of times during the night.

It can aggravate and even cause serious conditions like atrial fibrillation, diabetes and heart failure and may make the treatment of these condition less effective.

Common symptoms include loud snoring, breath holding attacks (where patients stop breathing during sleep), and waking up gasping or choking. During the day patients often feel tired or sleepy or wake up feeling unrefreshed.

Associated features include hypertension, patients with an elevated BMI >35 and a short neck with circumference exceeding 40cm.

The risk for developing the disease seems higher in males 50yrs of age and older.

Sleep apnoea can be successfully and easily diagnosed and treated non-invasively and in the comfort of your home. Effective treatment improves sleep, quality of life and heart health.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke, atrial fibrillation or type 2 diabetes, it is very likely that you also suffer from sleep apnoea.

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