I was recently diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and now am attempting to get used to a CPAP machine. As noted previously, I have had two ablations and have had no AFIB events in 16 months since the last ablation. However, I continue to get ongoing and disruptive PACs which are now only controlled with a low dose Flecainide/Metropolol combo
First, given what I’ve learned recently about OSA, I’m surprised that my cardio/EP medical team never once recommended getting a sleep test to assess whether I had sleep apnea when I was first diagnosed with AFIB two years ago. I’ve been a poor sleeper for many years so it’s dissapointing that they did not suggest such a test given the close connection between AFIB and OCA. Not much I can do about that now, but it goes to show how important that we do our own research and be our own advocate.
Second, I’ve been reading that the use of an APAP machine can have a beneficial impact on reducing both AFIB and/ or other arrhythmia such as PACs (based upon some clinical studies and antidontal data). Has anyone out there, that has successfully used a CPAP to sleep and breathe better, found that they have seen an improvement (reduction) in their arrhythmia? I intend to give the CPAP machine a decent shot to help me with my sleep but it sure would be an added benefit if my PACs slowed down thus elimination the need to stay on meds.