Aureus Medical discusses the connections between sleep and stroke risk that every travel nurse needs to know

Omaha, NE (April 20, 2015) - Everyone is told at a young age that there are numerous benefits to getting a good night’s rest. As an adult, this advice still rings true. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, discusses the connection between sleep and stroke risk that every travel nurse needs to know.

Sleep is one of the vital components of living a healthy and balanced life. However, one thing a travel nurse might not know is that sleep is a valuable and often overlooked factor in disease prevention, namely strokes.

Facts about stroke in the U.S.
Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and is responsible for the deaths of 130,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some other important facts from the CDC about stroke:

  • One American will pass away due to a stroke every four minutes.
  • Strokes are especially prevalent in the Southeastern states, so if you are a travel nurse, you will need to be aware of these disparities in order to reduce regional risk factors.
  • Strokes are a major financial burden, costing an estimated $34 billion in the U.S. each year. These expenses include stroke medications, health care treatments, and services and time missed from work.
  • More than 795,000 individuals in the U.S. suffer from a stroke annually.
  • Stroke is currently the foremost cause of serious long-term disability.

It’s also important for a travel nurse to know that a vast majority (87 percent) of strokes are ischemic strokes. These types of strokes occur when oxygenated blood fails to reach the brain, usually due to a blood clot or other circulatory blockage.

Risk factors for stroke
Although your patients can suffer a stroke at any age, being older is one of the biggest risk factors for strokes. Other issues can also contribute to stroke, including heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and sickle cell disease. Additionally, behavioral issues such as an unhealthy diet, a lack of exercise, and excessive alcohol and/or tobacco use can increase stroke risks.

However, one of the underlying causes of stroke is directly tied to the amount of sleep your patients are receiving each night.

Read the full article for more on how sleep and stroke are connected.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.