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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Sleep apnea has been linked to stroke in a study conducted by the National Institute of Health. Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked.
Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted while he sleeps. This sleep disorder has been linked to stroke in a study conducted by the National Institute of Health. It is said that having sleep apnea can potentially double a person’s risk for stroke, especially in men.

About Sleep Apnea

Most people don’t think twice about snoring, but frequently occurring, very loud snoring may be a sign of a dangerous sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is affected while they sleep.

For a person with sleep apnea, breathing is interrupted or very shallow while they are asleep. These breathing interruptions can last for as long as 20 seconds, and they occur several times during a night of sleep.  When a person’s breathing is interrupted, that person is awoken out of his sleep, causing him to remain in a light sleep rather than a deep, rested sleep.  The person will then feel tired and perhaps like he hasn’t slept at all, leading to a lack of mental clarity and the energy needed to get through the day.  

If left untreated, sleep apnea can eventually lead to the development of other serious health problems such as weight gain, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The most common form of sleep apnea is known as obstructive sleep apnea. During an episode of obstructive sleep apnea, the airway in the back of the throat is blocked due to the relaxation of soft tissue during sleep. This obstruction causes the airway to narrow and produces loud snoring.

About Stroke

A stroke is a serious medical emergency requiring immediate emergency medical treatment. A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is blocked or minimized in some way. This interruption results in the brain cells being deprived of nourishing oxygen, causing brain cells to die off within just a few minutes.

Symptoms of a stroke include difficulty walking or speaking, headache, numbness on one side of the body or face and trouble speaking. Seek emergency medical treatment if any symptoms of stroke occur, the faster you receive treatment the less damage may occur as a result.

Strokes occur as a result of a blocked artery or the leaking or bursting of a blood vessel. Depending upon how long the brain is left without oxygen, a stroke can cause temporary or permanent disability. Becoming aware of the risk factors and adopting a healthy lifestyle can best prevent stroke.
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