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Well since my first post things have finally started to sink in with Joe . I showed him this sight and am hoping he will post something himself soon. He called and made an appointment with his cardiologist . I have noticed a few things though at night when he is sleeping he will stop breathing several times a night ? Is anyone familiar with sleep apnea and heart failure? Thank you all for all the input on my last post it really helped .
JamesPL, December 10, 2018 7:48pm EST
My wife has told me that she has become concerned on occasion because she has noticed that it seems like I have stopped breathing and then I suddenly start again. Until she told me that, I had no idea I was doing it at all. I don't know if there is a difinitive connection between sleep apnea and heart disease but I have read that there is a connection between snoring amd heart disease. Again, my wife has noticed that I snore considerably less than I used to after I had my bypass surgery. I would discuss your findings with his cardiologist if nothing else, for peace of mind.
Take good care,
AHAASAKatie, December 11, 2018 9:03am EST
I am so glad to hear that he is starting to come around! I also agree with Jim, check in with his doctors about the sleep apena. That can be managed with a sleep study and a CPAP machine. Best Katie
DolphinWrite, January 8, 2019 9:00pm EST
Yes. My brother-in-law used to stop breathing an incredible number of times each night, which my sister noticed one night. He would stop bteathing for 40 seconds each time. He now is on a breathing assist device, wearing a light mask at night. He got used to it and has no more problems. I've heard strokes, heart attacks, and other complications happen from this. Get tested, get help, and learn all you can would be my advice. Apparently, a lot of people live with this and don't know it. Glad you caught this with plenty of time.
MSunday123, January 21, 2019 8:58pm EST
Be sure to mention this to the cardiologist and/or primary care physician. What you described very much sounds like sleep apnea. From what I know, there are links between sleep apnea and heart failure, and not treating the sleep apnea likely will make things worse. Additionally, sleep apnea can lead to fatigue, which can already be a problem with heart failure - making a person extra tired.
I've been on a CPAP for 10+ years - and probably should have started sooner. I definitely sleep better by using the CPAP, and my wife no longer hears me gasping for breath in the middle of the night.
I'm hoping your health insurance will cover the study and the CPAP if it's needed. Ask the doctor for a sleep study referral. Best of luck!