Sleep Apnea and Irregular Hearbeat
A study found that the odds of suffering a heartbeat abnormality were 18 times higher immediately after an episode of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea has been linked to both atrial fibrillation (a major risk factor for stroke) and ventricular tachycardia (a cause of sudden death).
Irregular heart rhythms were not linked to the severity of sleep apnea. In fact, most arrhythmias occurred in people with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea.
The probability of sleep apnea patients seeking treatment for a recurrence of atrial fibrillation decreases from 80% to 40%, with treatment of sleep apnea.