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Sleep apnea and stroke

Henry Yaggi and Vahid Mohsenin SLEEP-DISORDERED BREATHING AND STROKE Snoring and stroke
WithHenry Yaggi, Vahid Mohsenin

Stroke ranks as the second leading cause of death world wide, and it is the leading cause of disability among adults.1 Therefore, understanding underlying pathophysiology, promoting preventative behaviors, and developing novel therapeutic approaches for stroke is of crucial importance. Understanding the link between obstructive sleep apnea and stroke may represent one such novel approach. Recent studies indicate that sleep apnea may serve as an independent risk factor for the development of stroke and therapy for sleep apnea may help to reduce cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk.