Snoring linked to increased stroke risk

New Delhi: People who snore heavy are

twice as likely to suffer a stroke as those

who sleep peacefully, a new study shows.

The researchers who observed more than

25,000 people during the study also found

that heavy snorers where 80 percent more

likely to experience heart problems.

Around three million people suffer with

the snoring condition called sleep apnea,

with one in four men and one in ten

women affected.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which

the breathing is briefly interrupted or

becomes shallow during sleep.

In sleep apnea, breathing pauses last

between 10 to 20 seconds, occurring n

number of times over the night, jolting

you out of your natural sleep rhythm.

Though treatment is available for sleep

apnea, most often it goes unrecognized.

Treatment involves sleeping with a mask

that pumps air into the throat.

Scientists from Shandong University in

China came up with the findings after

gathering data from 12 earlier studies.

The latest study suggests that dangers of

heavy snoring affecting the heart and the

brain are much greater than previously

thought. People with heavy snoring were

twice more likely to suffer a stroke, but

mild snorers face no increased risk, the

study suggested.

Scientists feel that the problem is caused

due to constant breathing interruptions

that affect blood flow to both these vital

organs. Another reason that scientists

point is that the heart rate and blood

pressure are drastically affected in people

suffering from this chronic sleep disorder.

Stroke happens when the blood supply to

the brain is blocked or when a blood

vessel in the brain bursts. It can kill or

leave you with a permanent disability.

The study was published in the

International Journal of Cardiology.

[Zee Media Bureau/Liji Varghese]

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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