RPAH Cardiology

New Insights into how Sleep Apnoea adversely affects Procedures to Cure Atrial Fibrillation

New Insights into how Sleep Apnoea adversely affects Procedures to Cure Atrial Fibrillation

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is common in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and has been shown to be a risk factor for AF in a number of studies of patients with and without structural heart disease. A series of studies have shown that OSA is associated with an increased risk of failure of treatment ofRead more about New Insights into how Sleep Apnoea adversely affects Procedures to Cure Atrial Fibrillation[…]

Heart Failure in Indigenous Australians: The ‘Heart of the Heart Study’

Heart Failure in Indigenous Australians: The ‘Heart of the Heart Study’

Heart failure, a condition where the heart is unable to pump blood effectively to meet the needs of the body, leads to fluid retention, breathlessness, tiredness and impacts on the quality of life of those affected by it. It is known to be commonest in older Australians, particularly those with a background of coronary disease,Read more about Heart Failure in Indigenous Australians: The ‘Heart of the Heart Study’[…]

Treatment of Sleep Apnoea with CPAP Improves the Results of Catheter Ablation (PVI) Procedures In Atrial Fibrillation

Treatment of Sleep Apnoea with CPAP Improves the Results of Catheter Ablation (PVI) Procedures In Atrial Fibrillation

New research from Harvard Medical School has shown that the results of treatment of paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) by catheter ablation are much better when co-existent sleep apnoea (OSA) is treated (JACC July 23 2013). Obstructive sleep apnoea is now recognised to be a major trigger for atrial fibrillation. Treatment of AF withRead more about Treatment of Sleep Apnoea with CPAP Improves the Results of Catheter Ablation (PVI) Procedures In Atrial Fibrillation[…]