Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Mechanistic Link to Peripheral Endothelial Dysfunction.

Scherbakov, Nadja; Sandek, Anja; Ebner, Nicole; Valentova, Miroslava; Nave, Alexander Heinrich; Jankowska, Ewa A; Schefold, Joerg C.; von Haehling, Stephan; Anker, Stefan D; Fietze, Ingo; Fiebach, Jochen B; Haeusler, Karl Georg; Doehner, Wolfram (2017). Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Mechanistic Link to Peripheral Endothelial Dysfunction. Journal of the American Heart Association, 6(9) American Heart Association 10.1161/JAHA.117.006010

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BACKGROUND Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) after acute ischemic stroke is frequent and may be linked to stroke-induced autonomic imbalance. In the present study, the interaction between SDB and peripheral endothelial dysfunction (ED) was investigated in patients with acute ischemic stroke and at 1-year follow-up. METHODS AND RESULTS SDB was assessed by transthoracic impedance records in 101 patients with acute ischemic stroke (mean age, 69 years; 61% men; median National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, 4) while being on the stroke unit. SDB was defined by apnea-hypopnea index ≥5 episodes per hour. Peripheral endothelial function was assessed using peripheral arterial tonometry (EndoPAT-2000). ED was defined by reactive hyperemia index ≤1.8. Forty-one stroke patients underwent 1-year follow-up (390±24 days) after stroke. SDB was observed in 57% patients with acute ischemic stroke. Compared with patients without SDB, ED was more prevalent in patients with SDB (32% versus 64%; P<0.01). After adjustment for multiple confounders, presence of SDB remained independently associated with ED (odds ratio, 3.1; [95% confidence interval, 1.2-7.9]; P<0.05). After 1 year, the prevalence of SDB decreased from 59% to 15% (P<0.001). Interestingly, peripheral endothelial function improved in stroke patients with normalized SDB, compared with patients with persisting SDB (P<0.05). CONCLUSIONS SDB was present in more than half of all patients with acute ischemic stroke and was independently associated with peripheral ED. Normalized ED in patients with normalized breathing pattern 1 year after stroke suggests a mechanistic link between SDB and ED. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION URL: Unique identifier: DRKS00000514.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic of Intensive Care

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Schefold, Joerg C.


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




American Heart Association




Mirella Aeberhard

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08 Nov 2017 13:04

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clinical trial endothelial dysfunction sleep disorders sympathetic nervous system




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