OSA increases risk of 2nd stroke

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

LONDON - Stroke survivors with sleep apnea are at a greater risk of dying from a second stroke, according to researchers at Barcelona University Hospital in Spain.

“It’s the first time the link between apnea and stroke has been shown to affect mortality,” Dr Olga Parra, of Barcelona University Hospital, told Reuters in July.

Parra and other researchers followed 161 stroke patients and found that the higher the patient scored on the apnea scale, the greater the risk of dying from stroke.

The study was published in the European Respiratory Journal.