Obstructive sleep apnea was found in 10 of 13 men with stroke (77%). All patients with stroke who died had obstructive sleep apnea.
There is clearly a risk of stroke with a patient that has sleep apnea. The interruptions in breathing that characterize sleep apnea can cause low oxygen levels in the blood and brain, which can lead to hypertension.
Hypertension associated with sleep apnea occurs because of the strain that low oxygen levels in the blood and brain place on the cardiovascular system. As high blood pressure is an independent risk for stroke, sleep apnea becomes an indirect cause of stroke. Sleep apnea is most likely to lead to ischemic strokes, the ones caused by an interruption of blood supply to the brain.
You may have the opportunity to lessen your risk of a stroke…..let us give you a take home test so we can determine if you have sleep apnea and how to give yourself the chance for a stroke.