April 08, 2010

CNN: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases Risk of Stroke

CNN on April 8, 2010 aired a story on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the risk it poses to men who do not address it. Apparently, according to a new study out of the March 2010 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine ("Obstructive Sleep Apnea Hypopnea and Incident Stroke: The Sleep Heart Health Study"), the risk of stroke increases by as much as 3X if left untreated in men with OSA. The risk of stroke increases even in men with MILD sleep apnea. The risk appears higher in men than women mainly because men seem to get it earlier and live with it longer than women.

Read the CNN story here.

Read the research study here.

Read more about OSA and its treatment here.
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