Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have created a rat model that mimics sleep apnea : it was found that after 30 days of obstructive sleep apnea cerebral vessels function is altered .
These results correlate with studies that show similar cell dysfunction in arteries and an increased risk of stroke in people. Damage to the vascular wall in brain arteries could be a factor predisposing an individual with obstructive sleep apnea to stroke.
These findings were presented in San Diego at an Experimental Biology 2012 meeting of scientists. The rat model was created by researchers at the Department of Anesthesiology at the Baylor College of Medicine .
Sleep apnea affects 1 in 5 adults in America. Age plays a definite role but obese people are highly susceptible to having sleep apnea. The common signs and symptoms include habitual snoring, daytime sleepiness, enlarged neck size, morning headache, sexual dysfunction and mood and behavioral changes.
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