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Sleep Problems in Stroke Survivors May Set Stage for Another Stroke

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Stroke survivors suffering from sleep-wake disturbances are more likely to have another stroke or serious cardio- or cerebrovascular event compared to those without sleep disturbances, according to a new study.

The study found that having multiple sleep-wake disturbances, such as sleep-disordered breathing, extreme long or short sleep duration, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome independently and significantly increased the risk of a new cardio-cerebrovascular event such as a stroke, transient ischaemic attack, or myocardial infarction in the two years following a stroke.

This suggests that assessing and improving sleep patterns in stroke survivors could improve their long-term outcomes, according to the study, which was conducted by

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