The word "stroke" conjures images of a bolt out of the blue. No one ever imagines that they will have a stroke, much less that it might happen as a result of a chiropractic treatment for neck pain -- but it does.
The news that sleep apnea is a risk factor for stroke isn't new. We've known for some time that sleep apnea is associated with elevated risk of stroke. But this new research shows just how common sleep apnea is among stroke sufferers.
Like many young Americans, I thought strokes were something that only affected older people. The measures that helped to prevent it rarely crossed my mind. But then, one October morning, I had a stroke.