Research presented at ATS 2017 and described on Medical News Today found a correlation between sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation.

Patients with OSA are more likely to have high blood pressure, or hypertension, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.

When it comes to atrial fibrillation (A-fib), however, the new study from Dr. Kendzerska and team finds that the risk of this condition may be higher for patients with OSA, independent of high blood pressure.

A-fib is a condition characterized by an irregular, often rapid heartbeat, which can increase the risk of strokeheart failure, and other complications.

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