Stroke and Sleep Apnoea
Sleep apnoea can increase a person's chances of stroke. In fact, studies show that more than 60% of patients who have had a stroke also have sleep apnoea.
Stroke patients with untreated sleep apnoea may have a harder time recovering after a stroke than those receiving treatment.
Recovering from a stroke takes much energy and motivation, but the sleepiness that comes from untreated sleep apnoea can make it difficult for a person to follow rehabilitation programs, causing poor recovery.
Stroke is the biggest single cause of major disability in the United Kingdom and the third most common cause of death in developed countries. Numerous studies have shown that patients suffering from sleep apnoea have an increased risk of stroke, independent of other risk factors including hypertension. Increased risk of stroke has been seen even in people with mild sleep apnea (AHI less than 10 events/hr) In fact, almost 70% of people who have had a stroke have sleep apnoea and stroke patients with untreated sleep apnoea may have a harder time recovering after a stroke than those receiving treatment.