April 8, 2010

Second Leading Cause of Death

1 Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Stroke in Men

A new study from the National Institutes of Health indicates that sleep apnea, a common disorder in which the airways are blocked disrupting breathing during sleep, more than doubles a man’s risk for stroke and is independent of other risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and weight. The risk of stroke is present in men with even mild sleep apnea and rises with the severity of the condition. Also, women with sleep apnea are at greater risk of stroke. Researchers studied more than 5000 participants for an average of nine years to determine their findings. More than 12 million Americans are thought to have sleep apnea which is treatable with mouth guards, surgery and even weight loss. These new findings support earlier evidence that sleep apnea is associated with CV risks.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Sleep, Stroke, Weight Loss, Sleep Apnea, National Institutes of Health, Mouth Guards, Breathing, Snoring, Surgery, Risk Factors for Stroke

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Get Moving

2 Women Who Walk for Exercise Have Lower Stroke Risk

A long-term study, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, indicates that women who walk two or more hours per week have a much lower risk of stroke than women who don’t walk for exercise. After following almost 40,000 women who regularly reported their leisure-time physical activity, researchers found that walking for two or more hours per week resulted in a 30 percent lower risk of stroke. Walking at a brisk pace of three miles per hour or faster translates to a 37 percent lower risk of stroke. Says Jacob R. Sattelmair, M.Sc., lead author and doctoral candidate at Harvard School of Public Health, “Physical activity is essential to promoting cardiovascular health and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, and walking is one way of achieving physical activity.”

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke, Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, Walking, Women, Women’sHealthlth, Physical Activity, Leisure Time Activity, Jacob R. Sattelmair, Harvard School of Public Health

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