Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Risk of Stroke – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. In the largest study to date to link sleep apnea with increased risk of stroke, researchers found that it more than doubles the risk of stroke in men. Dr. Michael Twery, Director of the NIH National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, explains the study.
Twery: This study examined middle aged adults to determine whether they had sleep apnea at the beginning of the study and then follow them for an average of nine years to see if there was any stroke event during that period of time.
Narrator: Researchers report that the risk of stroke appears in men with mild sleep apnea and rises with the severity. Sleep apnea disrupts sleep and breathing during sleep. For details, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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