Study reveals that 1 in 7 strokes take place during sleep

May 10th, 2011 - 9:47 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Cincinnati, May 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has identified that about 1 in 7 strokes happen during sleep. The find is significant because getting to the hospital early helps to save some vital organs when one suffers a stroke.

The researchers studied the health data of about 1,854 ischemic stroke patients. All the subjects were treated in Cincinnati. The new study was published in the 10th of May edition of the journal Neurology.

The researchers identified that about 14 percent of the patients suffered stroke while they were sleeping. Waking up with symptoms of ischemic stroke can be fatal. Ischemic stroke sufferers often have blood clot in their brain and the initial hours can be very crucial. Scientists advise that people who suffer stroke symptoms should not try to sit up. They recommend lying still for some time.

The director of the Electrophysiology Laboratories and Clinics and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, Dr. Byron K. Lee, told reporter said, “In wake-up strokes, it’s nearly impossible to know when the symptoms started [so] tPA is not an option and, therefore, the neurologic deficits have a higher chance of becoming permanent.”

Scientists estimate that about 58,000 people in the United States might suffer wake-up stroke every year.

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