The interplay between obstructive sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is also an increasingly common condition. Both entities are risk factors for ischemic stroke and both conditions are linked with increased mortality. Mechanical effects of obesity and sleep apnea can lead to increased afterload, left ventricular hypertrophy, and left atrial fibrosis and remodeling. These changes can result in an increased risk of AF development. The current paper summarizes the evidence for the bidirectional relationship between AF and OSA. The merits of selective screening for these two conditions are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number668
JournalFrontiers in Neurology
Issue numberDEC
StatePublished - Dec 11 2017


  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Hypertension
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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