Atrial fibrillation and sleep apnoea: guilt by association?

Zaidon Al-Falahi*, Jonathan Williamson, Hany Dimitri

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) are both common, often underdiagnosed conditions with serious sequelae. An association between these two conditions has been recognised but the nature of this relationship remains a topic of active debate. Despite that lack of strong, randomised controlled trials, there is a considerable body of data indicating that not only does untreated OSA provide the substrates and triggers for AF but that OSA, itself, is also a therapeutic target for the management of cardiovascular disease in general and of AF in particular.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)902-910
Number of pages9
JournalHeart, Lung and Circulation
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • atrial fibrillation
  • myocardial substrate
  • obstructive sleep apnoea
  • remodelling


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