Dozing In The Day Linked To Higher Stroke Risk In Elderly

A new US study showed that in the course of the day snoozing could be a sign of increased risk of stroke for older Americans. The results of the study (Abstract 94)
Have been on the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2008, in New Orleans this week.

The researchers found that stroke risk was two to four times graer for older people who maig dozed during the day. Schlummernden was defined as
"Unabsichtlich falling asleep."

The research has already indicated that the apnea, where breathing stops for short periods during sleep, is a higher risk of stroke, and that daytime sleepiness
Could a result of poor sleep due to night apnoea.

Lead author, Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala, assistant professor of neurology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City, said
The results indicate that that:

"Daytime dozing can be an important and novel stroke risk factor."

Ground-2153 participants in the Northern Manhattan NOMAS
(Prospective) study that began in 1990. This is the first study to examine stroke risk for whites, blacks and Hispanics live in the same

None of the participants had suffered a stroke when she enrolled. Their average age was 73 and 64 percent of them were women, 60 percent were Hispanic, 20 per
goods black and 18 percent were white.

The researchers began collecting data on the day snoozing in the year 2004 with a survey based tool called the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, which asked participants
evaluate the frequency of their slumbering in certain cases, Example television, sitting and chatting to someone, stopping short
in road transport during the trip, and sits quietly after a lunch without alcohol.

The results showed that:

  • 44 percent of the respondents fell into the "no sleeping" category, 47 percent were in "some slumbering" Category , and fell 9 percent in the
    "Significant dormant" category.

  • In an average follow-up of 2.3 years, there were 40 and 127 beats vascular events such as stroke, heart attack or death from circulatory problems
    Among the participants.

  • The risk of stroke was 2.6 times higher for participants who were "some slumbering" compared to those who did, "no sleeping".

  • in the "slumbering significant" group showed a 4.5-times higher risk.

  • There was no unexpectedly high stroke risk for the two groups of dozing compared with the group not dozing after stroke Controlling for several risk factors:
    race-ethnicity, age, gender, Education, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and physical activity.

  • The risk of a heart attack or vascular death was 1.6 percent higher for the "slumbering some" group and 2.6 percent for the "slumbering significant" group, and
    This was for both men and women and all ethnic groups.

"These figures are important," said Boden-Albala, "we were surprised that the impact was that for such a short time."

"As is well known, what it is worth, for the assessment of patients sleep problems," she says and adds that "the initial assessment can be something as simple as the
Epworth scale. maig When patients are severely or dozing, doctors must think about them for further evaluation, "she said

If confirmed by other studies, these results may have important implications for public health. If studies show we are not enough sleep, then the
Actual question, soil-Albala asked is:

"What do we do to our bodies? Sleepiness obviously brings us to the risk of a stroke. "

Another blow study of 60000 people, which was at the same conference by Steven Hooker of the University of South Carolina and colleagues suggested that moderate aerobic fitness
protected people from stroke, even if they had a higher risk for heart disease or diabetes, Reuters reported.

Hooker told the press:

"We have found that a small amount of up maiger aerobic fitness for men and women in the entire adult age range would be enough to significantly reduce
stroke risk. "

Stroke is the third cause of death among Americans, after heart disease and cancer. About 780000 adults each year have a stroke in the United States, and the
these, 150,000 die.

Click here for American Stroke Association.

Sources: American Heart Association press release, Reuters, American Stroke Association.

Written by: Catharine Paddock, PhD

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