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Treating Sleep Apnea May Lower Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center have determined that treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) reduced the recurrence of atrial fibrillation.

The research team analyzed seven studies concerning sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation involving a total of 1,087 patients. Obstructive sleep apnea patients who received CPAP treatment showed a 58 percent reduction in their risk of atrial fibrillation recurrence.

The results of the meta-analysis have researchers believing that CPAP could be another treatment option for atrial fibrillation. The study authors also note the importance of screening patients with atrial fibrillation for obstructive sleep apnea in order to predict the likelihood of a recurrence of the heart condition.

Sleep apnea is just one of several medical conditions that may contribute to the development of atrial fibrillation. If left untreated, atrial fibrillation or irregular heart rhythm can cause severe stress on the heart muscles, cause the development of blood clots which lead to stroke, and eventually result in heart failure.

An estimated 2.7 million people in the U.S. suffer from atrial fibrillation reports the American Heart Association. Atrial fibrillation is one of the many types of heart conditions that could potentially qualify a person for Social Security disability benefits. If you have a heart condition and were denied Social Security disability, Disability Help Group is here to help with your appeal. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.