August 30, 2006
A study to be published in the September issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association finds that elderly people suffering from sleep apnea are twice as likely to have a stroke, an article published in The Star-Ledger reports. The study of 394 participants over a 6-year period was conducted by researchers from Spain led by lead author Roberto Munoz.
According to the study findings reported in The Star-Ledger:
• The stroke sufferers were more likely to be male and have more severe sleep apnea.
• These individuals also had a 2½ times greater risk of suffering a stroke than people without apnea, or those who had mild to moderate cases.
To read The Star-Ledger report, visit http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1156309150169680.xml&coll=1.