Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Risk of Stroke – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which the upper airway is occasionally narrowed or blocked, disrupting sleep and breathing during sleep. Dr. Michael Twery at the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research says there is an association between apnea and stroke.
Twery: What the Sleep Heart Health Study has revealed in this study is that people have apnea and then later develop cardiovascular disease risk—whether it be stroke or high blood pressure or heart attack and so forth.
Narrator: He adds this is an important clue whether treating sleep apnea maybe a way to reduce cardiovascular risks. 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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