The Complex Interaction Between Heart Failure and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Among multiple comorbidities, sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in particular, are the most common. Almost 50% of patients with HF have alterations of ventilation during sleep that can disrupt the positive effects of physiological sleep on the cardiovascular system. In two studies of patients with HF undergoing polysomnography, OSA was detected in 37% and 11% of patients.

New Insights into AFib Ablation: Can Sleep Apnea Fill in the Gap?

AFib affects 6 million lives in the US.1 Each year ~350,000 patients undergo an ablation procedure to treat this condition. Intracardiac AFib ablation carries significant risk. In particular, complications associated with the transeptal puncture and esophageal fistulas are associated with significant cost to the healthcare system and the patient.

Comorbid Sleep Apnea and Atrial Fibrillation: Evidence Mounts, Awareness Slowly Follows

Research linking AFib to sleep apnea has been steadily increasing. But the awareness that sleep apnea is a risk factor for AFib so far remains low. A recent survey of 1,013 Americans found that while nearly half are aware that the risk of developing AFib is increased by family history (48%) and hypertension (43%), only 16% knew that sleep apnea is a risk factor.

Barriers to Integrating Sleep Medicine into Cardiology Caresleep

The increased awareness and broad acceptance of the role of sleep apnea in cardiac disease, and the main studies and scientific statements published by the European Society of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology were the drivers behind the American Sleep Academy’s “Sleep Apnea Hurts Hearts” campaign.