Sleep Apnea and Stroke Risk By Dr. Craig Schwimmer

Many studies have shown that sleep apnea increases one’s risk of stroke. A recent study suggests that sleep apnea also increases the risk of so-called silent strokes. Silent strokes occur when brain tissue is damaged but there are no immediately apparent symptoms.

A study presented at the American Stroke Association’s meeting in New Orleans found that 91 percent of stroke patients had sleep apnea, and that sleep apnea increased the chances of silent strokes, as well. The more severe the apnea, the more likely patients were to have suffered a silent stroke.

Loud snoring is the hallmark of sleep apnea, so if you’ve been told that you snore, please discuss it with your doctor.

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