The Link Between Poor Sleep and Atrial Fibrillation - Southlake Regional Health Centre

Cathy Seabrook, RN, Nurse, Arrhythmia Clinic Southlake Regional Health Centre, talks about the link between poor sleep, including sleep apnea, and atrial fibrillation.

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Cathy Seabrook, RN, Nurse, Arrhythmia Clinic Southlake Regional Health Centre, talks about the link between poor sleep, including sleep apnea, and atrial fibrillation.
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Featuring Cathy Seabrook, RN, Nurse

Duration: 57 seconds

I think sleep patterns are – you know, when you talk to the patients and we talk about sleep patterns – patients don’t sleep anymore. You know, we go to bed later, we’re up earlier, so we’re not having a restful sleep.

All our patients are screened for obstructive sleep apnea, because as we know, as research shows, that atrial fibrillation can be caused by sleep apnea. So you may not look the type for obstructive sleep apnea, but when you do the screening, you know, do you get a restful sleep? Do you snore at night? Do you wake other people up while you’re snoring? Do you stop breathing? All those questions are asked to rule out any sleep apnea, which is a trigger for atrial fibrillation.

Presenter: Cathy Seabrook, Nurse, Newmarket, ON

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