Poor sleep worsens women’s cardiac conditions

5 June 2013

A new study by University of California San Francisco has shown that poor sleep could worsen heart problems. Waking too early, tossing and turning at night and disrupted sleep have been found to raise inflammation levels in women with coronary heart disease. The health research indicated that women’s health is more profoundly affected by bad sleep than men’s.

Lead author, Dr Aric Prather, said: "Inflammation is a well-known predictor of cardiovascular health. Now we have evidence that poor sleep appears to play a bigger role than we had previously thought in driving long-term increases in inflammation levels and may contribute to the negative consequences often associated with poor sleep."

Researchers define poor sleep as getting less than six hours of shut-eye.

Experts at UC San Franciso say their study shows the important role sleep plays in treating chronic diseases.

To monitor your heart health and catch cardiac problems in their early stages, consider a cardiac CT scan - a highly effective tool used to diagnose medical conditions.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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