Why Does Having Sinusitis Raise Your Risk of Stroke?
August 3, 2012
I’ve written before about my observation that almost 80% of patients with recurrent sinus symptoms after nasal or sinus surgery have obstructive sleep apnea. Here’s another study showing similar findings: Researchers in Taiwan found that people with acute sinusitis have a higher chance of having a stroke (hazards ratio of 1.39), whereas if you have chronic sinusitis, the HR is 1.34. Theses figures were adjusted for other potential stroke confounders and were statistically significant.
This is no surprise, since if you have obstructive sleep apnea, your risk of stroke increases about 2-3 times normal levels. This also explains the high incidence of nasal and sinus symptoms in people with obstructive sleep apnea.
If you’re sleep apnea sufferer, do you also suffer from sinusitis?