OSA is a definite precursor to Atrial Fibrillation and you need to have it attended to immediately.
They say that aFib begets aFib... it is like a spiral dive. You want to get checked out while the aFib is new and before your heart begins to remodel.
Thyroid, diabetes, BP are all additional causitives to aFib. And let me tell you in no uncertain terms, if you think OSA is in any way a pain in the butt.... you have no clue until you have experienced full blown aFib that has creeped from occasional to permanent/chronic and has caused your left atrium to enlarge. OSA is a cake walk by comparison. Come and walk in MY shoes for a while and you will get the idea.
I am fortunate in that I was able to start TIKOSYN in December and have been in Normal Sinus Rhythm since then with minor breakthroughs of aFib. But sometimes it is only mildly or totally asymptomatic - only an ECG and other tests, done and read by a pro (at least a Cardiologist and preferably an Electrophysiologist) will give you the word on aFib.
An "incident of aFib" just does not happen. If you have it, you have it. And it may be your good fortune to have the opportunity to nip it in the bud. I, for one, would take that opportunity understanding that time is of the essence when dealing with aFib and other heart arrhythmias.
Let it go because it is not a bother right now and it will become a bother eventually. And make no mistake, aFib combined with OSA will kill you deader than a doornail before you know what hit you. "He died peacefully in his sleep" is what they will etch on your tombstone.
I have diabetes, thyroid, BP issues (waning now that I am in NSR) and AFIB! Once you have aFib you are always looking over your shoulder. For starters, you want to make sure your electrolytes are okay and you want to avoid triggers like caffeine, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, MSG, salt, etc. http://www.afibbers.org
Do yourself and your family a favour.
nightranger wrote:I am wondering what other health related issues members have?
I have both stomach (IBS) and Thyroid issues.
I also have had an incidence of Atrial Fibrilation.
Do you feel that OSA is a precursor, or a result of your other condition(s)?
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