Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Arrhythmia and Sleep Apnea

There has been a sleep study on Arrhythmias and sleep apnea done by Dr. Reena Mehra at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.

Arrhythmia is where there is an irregular beating of the heart. They are common and can lead to severe health issues like heart disease.

It seems that those people in the test who had more episodes of shallow or disrupted sleep where more likely to have arrhythmia. I have heard for years that sleep apnea can lead to heart disease and this is just more proof.

The study also looked at the effects of central sleep apnea. The study seemed to indicate that central sleep apnea, which isn’t due to an obstructive airway, leads to more to atrial fibrillations, which may also lead to heart failure.

The test was done with 2911 participants.

I just read about this and once again this proves that sleep apnea isn’t anything to fool around with.

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