AHA Scientific Statement: Lifestyle and Risk Factor Modification for Reduction of Atrial Fibrillation

Although associations between sleep disordered breathing (SDB) and AF may be driven in part by shared risk factors such as aging, male sex, obesity, hypertension, and HF, with postulated connections including hemodynamic, autonomic, and inflammatory mechanisms, a recent meta-analysis demonstrated an adjusted 2-fold risk of AF among patients with SDB. Studies consistently demonstrate a high SDB prevalence in AF populations, ranging from 21% to 87%.

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