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Sleep Apnea May Double A Stroke Risk

According to a report submitted by Dr. Roberto Muñoz, a physician from Navarra, Spain, people suffering from sever cases of sleep apnea are 2.5 times more at a risk of suffering an ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke is the resultant of a blocked artery that supplies blood and oxygen to the brain. An ischemic stroke results in the death of cerebral infarction, a region in the brain tissue.

Dr. Muñoz conducted this research as part of his doctoral dissertation in which 394 people above the age of 70 took part. These subjects were tracked closely for six years after their sleep patterns and quality were studied. It was observed that 20 people out of the 394 suffered a stroke. The study also confirmed that middle-aged people and above are vulnerable to developing sleep apnea and in 5 percent affected with the condition, it would worsen as they age.

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