Stroke and OSA
The Relationship Between Stroke And OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)
The Link between OSA and Stroke
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with sleep apnea or has suffered a stroke, the following information may be beneficial and even help extend their lives.
- Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide.
- Researchers say more than 15 million strokes occur worldwide every year, and of that, about one-third are fatal.
- According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 Americans will annually be affected by a stroke.
- More than 50 million American adults are believed to have sleep apnea of which 80% are not diagnosed or treated.
- The increased risk of stroke in men with sleep apnea is comparable to adding 10 years to his age.
- The independent risk factors of stroke and sleep apnea have been extensively studied for many years.
According to a 2010 study conducted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institute of Health concluded that OSA more than doubles stroke risk in middle-aged to older men. Their findings also suggested a link between sleep apnea and an increased occurrence of stroke in women.
A recent study published in the Journal of Sleep Research linked sleep apnea to so-called silent strokes. With this type of stroke, there is tissue death in the brain without symptoms. There is a wide variety of reasons to treat sleep apnea, and now reducing the risk for silent stroke can be added to the list.
If you or someone you know has suffered a stroke, find out whether or not sleep apnea is present. Or if you think you may have sleep apnea, contact one of our medical concierges today at 1-855-863-4537 or schedule a free consultation when it’s convenient for you.