In a report, Dmitry Yaranov, MD, discusses a study that examined the impact of obstructive sleep apnea on patients with atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Yaranov: The preponderance of our data strongly suggests that among patients with atrial fibrillation, Obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of CVA, thus increasing morbidity and potentially mortality. We suggest that the presence of OSA should be considered in the cardioembolic risk assessment in patients with atrial fibrillation. High risk patients should be screened for OSA.