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My af almost always kicks in at night when asleep. I average an episode every 6 to 7 weeks. What could cause episodes during sleep?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Sleep apnea

There are many possible answers to this question.
One of them is that obstructive sleep apnea can be associated with afib. Osa is a problem seen often if obese people ( bit in others as well) that occurs when during sleep the muscles in the throat are relax and if extra tissue blocks the airway causing blood oxygen levels to drop and stress hormone release. This can affect the heart.

In brief: Sleep apnea

There are many possible answers to this question.
One of them is that obstructive sleep apnea can be associated with afib. Osa is a problem seen often if obese people ( bit in others as well) that occurs when during sleep the muscles in the throat are relax and if extra tissue blocks the airway causing blood oxygen levels to drop and stress hormone release. This can affect the heart.
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