Sleep, stroke and poststroke

Neurol Clin. 2012 Nov;30(4):1275-84. doi: 10.1016/j.ncl.2012.08.017. Epub 2012 Sep 15.


There is abundant and still evolving scientific clinical evidence linking sleep apnea with stroke risk factors, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Sleep apnea is a modifiable risk factor and efforts to control this condition should be pursued vigorously, particularly in patients at risk of vascular disease. Emerging evidence has also linked other sleep disorders, such as periodic limb movements of sleep and restless legs syndrome, with vascular risk.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / complications
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / complications
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / diagnosis
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / epidemiology
  • Stroke / complications
  • Stroke / diagnosis*
  • Stroke / epidemiology
  • Treatment Outcome