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By: Kevin Asp on November 24th, 2015

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Does Snoring Increase The Risk of Stroke?

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How does snoring increase the risk of stroke?

Snoring is the music of the night in many households. But severe snoring may be more than a nuisance, according to several studies.

It can be a risk factor for stroke, because snoring may be caused by sleep apnea, which can reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain. A new study presented at the International Stroke Conference last month found that poor sleep might increase your chances of having a stroke.

The study found that people who slept more than eight hours a night, those who were drowsy during the day and those who snored had a much higher chance of having a stroke.

High blood pressure is a known risk factor for stroke. Between that and the fact that nearly 40 percent of strokes happen while patients are sleeping or within an hour of their waking, doctors are beginning to suspect a very strong link between severe snoring and stroke.

Let Your Patients Know Treatment is Available

About 10 percent of adults suffer from sleep apnea, but only a small percentage ever get it treated, with either surgery or breathing devices.

The most common method of treatment is PAP therapy, whether that involves using CPAP or BiPAP as a mode of treatment. Doctors expect that people will seek out treatment for sleep apnea, now that there’s more evidence that a key way to prevent strokes might be a good night’s sleep.

Sleep technologists, learn more about the relationship between snoring and stroke by reading our Journal Club article here and earning 1 CEC.

The current monthly Journal Club or Case of the Month article is FREE for AAST members, and also awards 1 free CEC for members.

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