Obstructive Sleep Apnea as a Risk Factor for Intracerebral Hemorrhage

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Background and Purpose:

To determine whether obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) risk, we assessed premorbid OSA exposure of patients with nontraumatic ICH and matched controls.


Ethnic/Racial Variations of Intracerebral Hemorrhage is a multicenter, case-control study evaluating risk factors for ICH that recruited 3000 cases with ICH and 3000 controls. OSA status was ascertained using the Berlin Questionnaire as a surrogate for premorbid OSA. We performed logistic regression analyses to evaluate the association between OSA and ICH.


Two thousand and sixty-four (71%) cases and 1516 (52%) controls were classified as having OSA by the Berlin Questionnaire. Cases with OSA were significantly more likely to be male and have hypertension, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, and higher body mass index compared with those without OSA. OSA was more common among cases compared with controls (71% versus 52%, odds ratio, 2.28 [95% CI, 2.05–2.55]). In a multivariable logistic regression model, OSA was associated with increased risk for ICH (odds ratio, 1.47 [95% CI, 1.29–1.67]).


OSA is a risk factor for ICH.


*J.H. Geer and G.J. Falcone contributed equally.
†H.K. Yaggi and K.N. Sheth contributed equally.
This manuscript was sent to Liping Liu, Guest Editor, for review by expert referees, editorial decision, and final disposition.
The Data Supplement is available with this article at https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/suppl/10.1161/STROKEAHA.120.033342.
For Sources of Funding and Disclosures, see page xxx.
Correspondence to: Jacqueline H. Geer, MD, Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Yale University, 300 Cedar St, New Haven, CT 06520. Email