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Do cardiologists routinely ask their patients about sleep problems, apnea in particular? Or is sleep kind of a secondary concern for cardiologists?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: They should
Sleep apnea is common in patients who have atrial fibrillation, particularly patients who have this arrhythmia under the age of 65, or have no other illnesses that usually travel with atrial fibrillation.
I consider a sleep study a component of the initial workup for afib. Sleep apnea may also cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Once suspected, a sleep specialist referral is important.

In brief: They should
Sleep apnea is common in patients who have atrial fibrillation, particularly patients who have this arrhythmia under the age of 65, or have no other illnesses that usually travel with atrial fibrillation.
I consider a sleep study a component of the initial workup for afib. Sleep apnea may also cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Once suspected, a sleep specialist referral is important.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Often, yes
Cardiologists are well aware that sleep apnea can be associated with increased risk for hypertension and heart rhythm problems such as atrial fibrillation.
Typically, sleep apnea that leads to these conditions is associated with obesity and fat deposits around the neck. So the cardiologist may be more likely to address the obesity, since weight loss will very likely lessen sleep apnea.

In brief: Often, yes
Cardiologists are well aware that sleep apnea can be associated with increased risk for hypertension and heart rhythm problems such as atrial fibrillation.
Typically, sleep apnea that leads to these conditions is associated with obesity and fat deposits around the neck. So the cardiologist may be more likely to address the obesity, since weight loss will very likely lessen sleep apnea.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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