Stroke Can Cause Sleep Apnea in Some Patients

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stroke patients who have damage to their brain stem are more likely to have sleep apnea than those with damage in other parts of their brain, Michigan researchers report.

Their study included 355 people in Texas, average age 65, who suffered an ischemic stroke, which is caused by blocked blood flow in the brain. Fifty-five percent of the patients were men, 59 percent were Hispanic, 35 percent were white, 4 percent were black and 1 percent were Native American.

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