Treating Sleep Apnea May Help Those With Heart Rhythm Disorder

April 20, 2015 6:00 PM

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MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with both atrial fibrillation and obstructive sleep apnea are less likely to have a recurrence of the heart rhythm disorder if they use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, a new report says.

Researchers from New York University Langone Medical Center reviewed seven studies that included more than 1,000 people with sleep apnea. They found that CPAP use was associated with a 58 percent reduction in the recurrence of atrial fibrillation, an irregular, often rapid, heart rate.

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