Sleep Apnea Risk Factor to Stroke

The Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation released it’s new stroke care guidelines stressing the importance of improvements to diagnosis and  screening of sleep apnea as critical to stroke prevention.

Obstructive sleep apnea is common after stroke and it is crucial for stroke patients to be tested for untreated sleep apnea as their chances for another stroke becomes higher. The new recommendations call for more screening if the patients report snorin, interrupted sleep or fatigue.

There are ways to prevent sleep apnea from occurring,” says Dr. Murray. “Keep your body weight low as obesity is a major contributor to sleep apnea; avoid medications and substances that relax the airways and cause snoring, such as sedatives and alcohol; and sleeping on your side can minimize sleep disordered breathing.”

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