Sleep apnea and stroke (cerebrovascular disease)
One of the leading risk factors for stroke is sleep apnea. This risk increases in correspondence with several factors, including age, heart disease, and the severity of sleep apnea. When someone has had a stroke, the severity of obstructive sleep apnea has also been known to worsen. Sleep apnea also increases a person's risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms, and diabetes. To lower the risk of stroke, it is important to use prescribed CPAP or bilevel devices consistently, and to take other steps to enjoy successful treatment of sleep apnea. Treatment will improve blood flow to the brain and CPAP therapy is clinically proven.