Is there a relationship between a weak heart and sleep apnea??
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine in October 2014 showed that about 79% of patients with weak heart muscle suffer from sleep apnea, and that giving them a ventilator during sleep helps them greatly in improving their basic heart condition, and also reduces the rate of their admission to the hospital again. Within thirty days of their discharge, the study was conducted on 106 people at the University of Pennsylvania who were inpatients with heart failure, strokes, or atrial fibrillation.
The study showed that about 29% of those who did not use a night ventilator were admitted to the hospital with the same previous health problem, compared to the fact that no one was ever admitted to the hospital from the group that regularly used the device.
Conclusion: Both the doctor and the patient are advised to carefully search for the presence of nocturnal sleep apnea and treat it to reduce the complications of the underlying disease.