Fivefold increased stroke risk for patients with OSA

As part of the long running West Australian study, researchers measured respiratory disturbance among a group of residents with no stroke or myocardial infarct history at baseline and followed them up 17 years later.

In the cohort there were 24 stroke events including four deaths, researcher Dr Nathaniel Marshall (PhD) said.

People with moderate-severe OSA at baseline – apnoea-hypopnoea index (AHI) >15 – were 5.2 times more likely to have a later stroke than those without OSA.

For every unit increase of AHI, people