Stroke Risk and Sleep Apnea
A stroke occurs when there’s a blockage of the blood vessels in the brain. Most often, this is what is called an ischemic stroke. In an Ischemic stroke, material breaks off from arterial plaque, then travels to the brain, where it blocks your blood vessels.
People with sleep apnea are at an elevated risk for stroke. Some studies suggest that obstructive sleep apnea can increase your stroke risk by a factor of 2-3 times.
The consequences of stroke can include death and permanent loss of brain function. However, it is also highly possible to recover from a stroke with little or no permanent damage. To maximize your odds of a good recovery from a stroke, it’s important to be tested for and treated for sleep apnea.
If you suspect sleep apnea, it’s important to get tested for the condition. If you want a convenient, comfortable, effective sleep apnea treatment, talk to a Lee’s Summit sleep dentist.