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The role of obesity and sleep apnea in atrial fibrillation.
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PMID:  21099678     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss the relationship between obesity and obstructive sleep apnea as they relate to the growing atrial fibrillation epidemic, and to discuss possible mechanistic links and implications for treatment of atrial fibrillation.
RECENT FINDINGS: Increasing BMI plays an important role in development of atrial fibrillation in both men and women. Sleep-disordered breathing contributes to cardiac chamber enlargement, which may be responsible for increasing atrial fibrillation in this population. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea and/or obesity have less freedom from atrial fibrillation recurrence after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.
SUMMARY: BMI is a strong predictor of future development of atrial fibrillation and should be considered as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea and/or obesity have high atrial fibrillation recurrence rates following atrial fibrillation ablation.
Matthew Needleman; Hugh Calkins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in cardiology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1531-7080     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8608087     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Cardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  40-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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