15 June 2015
New research has found that not getting enough sleep could increase a person's risk of suffering heart attack and stroke.
The study, presented at the annual meeting of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), was part of the World Health Organization's (WHO) programme "MONICA" (Multinational Monitoring of trends and determinants in Cardiovascular disease).
Nearly 80 per cent of deaths from heart disease are because of heart attack and stroke, the researchers say. Their study looked at the relationship between sleep disturbances and the risk of developing a heart attack or stroke in the long term.
The team analysed a representative sample of 657 men aged 25 to 64 years with no history of heart attack, stroke or diabetes in Novosibirsk, Russia. They assessed sleep quality when using the Jenkins Sleep Scale.
During the study period, nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of participants who had a heart attack also had a sleeping disorder.
Posted by Phillip Briggs
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