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The Curious Sleep Apnea and Heart Rhythm Connection

 

After surgery, a patient with sleep apnea discovered she also had atrial fibrillation, a serious irregular heart rhythm.

 

Up to half of people with atrial fibrillation may also have trouble breathing while they sleep.

Dealing with one chronic condition can be difficult; dealing with two or more amps up the challenge for your heart. That’s something all too familiar to Rhonda Marie Clare Harvey-Collens, 52, of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. She lives with rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea, and the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation.

Harvey-Collens was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in 2007 while recovering from surgery for a life-threatening infection. The biologic drug she was taking for rheumatoid arthritis suppressed her immune system, and an infection took hold. This happened not once, but twice.

“When doing my vital signs, they realized something was not quite right with my pulse and discovered I had atrial fibrillation,” Harvey-Collens says.

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Women with sleep apnea have higher degree of brain damage than men, study shows

 Originally posted in Medical Express
Women suffering from sleep apnea have, on the whole, a higher degree of brain damage than men with the disorder, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing. The findings are reported in the December issue of the peer-reviewed journal Sleep
Obstructive  is a serious disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. Each time, the  in the blood drops, eventually resulting in damage to many cells in the body. If left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, , diabetes, depression and other serious health problems.

Approximately 10 years ago, this UCLA research team was the first to show that men with obstructive sleep apnea have damage to their .

For this latest, multi-year study, “Sex Differences in White Matter Alterations Accompanying Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” the researchers looked at patients who were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea at the UCLA Sleep Laboratory.

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