Heart attack and stroke risk doubled by a lack of sleep

Heart attack and stroke risk doubled by a lack of sleep

Study presented on Sunday November 4, 2012, at the American Heart Association meeting in Los Angeles.  The Taiwan researchers found that people with insomnia were twice as likely to have heart attacks or strokes as those who slept well.

Kristen Knutson, sleep researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago said “A lot of people and many physicians don’t ask about sleep.  The first thing is to talk to their patients and also for the patients to talk to their doctors about their sleep and discussing sleep as one of the many important health behaviors like diet and exercise”.

The study covered more than 43,000 people ages 45 or older who were part of the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, over four years.  Those with insomnia were 2.3 times more likely to have a heart attack and twice as likely to have a stroke than those who didn’t suffer from the sleep disorder.

Dr Chien-Yi Hsu, the study’s lead researcher from the Division of Cardiology at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, said doctors should add sleep disturbances to the list of modifiable factors that may help prevent heart disease, including high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and diet.

As reported by The Norman Transcript in The Bloomberg News, NEW YORK on November 6, 2012.

Posted: Sunday 9 December 2012