Sleep disorders and stroke

Chairs: Claudio Bassetti and Winfried Randerath

Recent papers reviewed the current knowledge in the field of sleep and stroke and made recommendations for their management.

However none of these papers included authors from the core disciplines involved in the clinical care of these patients (pulmonary physicians, neurologists, sleep specialists). Also, none of the related European Medical Societies ever produced an official document on this topic. Taking into account the frequency and relevance of the relationship between sleep disorders and stroke and the need for multidisciplinary approaches in the field of sleep medicine the creation of a task force gathering pulmonologists, neurologists and sleep specialists is considered necessary to develop a European statement on diagnostic and treatment strategies in these patients.