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Audio. Annals On Call - Estimating Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation: Dr. Centor discusses the estimation of stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation with Dr. Gustavo Heudebert, a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama.
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February 19, 2019
Reducing Stroke Risk from Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation has been found to have much higher prevalence in the sleep apnea population relative to that in the general population – 5:1. Because of that high ratio, AF is the comorbidity of sleep apnea which is the strongest indicator of its presence . Sleep apnea has also been shown to lead to hypercoagulabulity . These two factors combine to significantly elevate the risk for ischemic stroke. Fortunately both factors may be reversible by overcoming the sleep apnea, even though it may take six months or longer for that to occur completely. During that period of time, the use of an anticoagulation drug may be indicated, but the blood would have to be frequently titred to appropriately reduce the drug dosage until finally discontinuing it.1. Abrams B. Hierarchy of comorbidity indicators for obstructive sleep apnea. Chest. 2010 Jun;137(6): 1491-2.2. Toraldo DM, De Benedetto M, Scoditti E, De Nuccio F. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: coagulation anomalies and treatment with continuous positive airway pressure. Sleep Breath. 2016 May;20(2): 457-65.
Atrial fibrillation and sleep apena
Thanks for your comment. I agree 100%.
Centor RM, Heudebert GR. Annals On Call - Estimating Stroke Risk in Atrial Fibrillation. Ann Intern Med. 2019;170:OC1. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/A18-0014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2019;170(4):OC1.
Cardiology, Neurology, Rhythm Disorders and Devices, Stroke.
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