Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sleep apnea and having a stroke

Somehow you can manage to live your life without the proper rest because of sleep apnea. You take naps whenever you can and you drink caffeinated drinks till they come out your ears. You somehow manage to live without enough rest. But can you manage life if you have a stroke that was caused by sleep apnea?

A stroke is when blood clots block vessels or arteries which in turn stops blood flowing to the brain. A stroke can also occur when a blood vessel breaks. This sometimes called a brain attack because cells in the brain will begin to die.

The sinister part of having a stroke is the effect upon the body. Where the blockage or breaking of the cell occurs, some brain function is affected. You probably know of someone who had a stroke who slurs their words loses the ability to move one of their arms or legs. Memory can also be damaged from a stroke.

A common misconception is that strokes and heart attacks are one and the same thing. A heart attack deals with heart damage while a stroke involves the brain.

What is the connection between sleep apnea and strokes?

A study that had been done shows that sleep apnea patients have 3 to 4 more times likely to have a stroke that those who didn’t. Sleep apnea is also associated with high blood pressure and diabetes which are also risk factors for having a stroke.

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  1. I suspect I have this disorder...I wake up at night gasping for air. it has become worse the last few weeks. I will see a specialist this week. I cannot remember when I last slept properly.

  2. It is a good idea to have it checked out.
    thanks for the comment

  3. What is sleep apnea...waking up during the night?Or is it related to the prostate problem of the individual and thus restlessness in the night?

  4. OSA obstructive sleep apnea is where there is blockage of the airway in the back of the throat. When the blockage occurs you wake up gasping for air.