Outcome of patients with sleep apnea-associated severe bradyarrhythmias after continuous positive airway pressure therapy

Am J Cardiol. 2000 Sep 15;86(6):688-92, A9. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(00)01055-9.


Twenty-nine patients in whom severe bradyarrhythmias occurred exclusively during obstructive sleep apnea and in whom advanced sinus node disease or atrioventricular conduction system dysfunction had been excluded by invasive electrophysiologic evaluation were prospectively followed on nasal continuous positive airway pressure. During 54 +/- 10 months follow-up, no syncope and no sudden deaths were observed, suggesting that patients with sleep apnea-associated bradyarrhythmias and a normal electrophysiologic study appear to have a favorable prognosis with continuous positive airway pressure.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Bradycardia / etiology*
  • Bradycardia / physiopathology
  • Bradycardia / therapy
  • Cardiac Pacing, Artificial
  • Electrocardiography, Ambulatory
  • Female
  • Heart Rate / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polysomnography
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / adverse effects*
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / complications
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / therapy*