Radiofrequency catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation decreases a sleep-disordered breathing parameter during a short follow-up period.

@article{Naruse2012RadiofrequencyCA,
  title={Radiofrequency catheter ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation decreases a sleep-disordered breathing parameter during a short follow-up period.},
  author={Yoshihisa Naruse and Hiroshi Tada and Makoto Satoh and Mariko Yanagihara and Hidekazu Tsuneoka and Yumi Hirata and Takeshi Machino and Hiro Yamasaki and Miyako Igarashi and Kenji Kuroki and Yoko Ito and Yukio Sekiguchi and Kazutaka Aonuma},
  journal={Circulation journal : official journal of the Japanese Circulation Society},
  year={2012},
  volume={76 9},
  pages={2096-103}
}
BACKGROUND Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is often associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), but the impact of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for AF on sleep apnea syndrome is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 25 patients (3 women; 61 ± 6 years) with sleep apnea syndrome who underwent RFCA for drug-refractory, persistent AF were studied. Polysomnography was also performed 1 day before and 1 week after RFCA in all patients. The total number of central or OSA or hypopnea events… CONTINUE READING

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