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How Sleep Apnea Affects the Heart

¬† Researchers estimate that untreated sleep apnea may raise the risk of dying from heart disease by up to five times. ¬† Harvard Heart Letter Published: February, 2013   Poor-quality sleep and heart disease are connected¬† We’ve all heard stories about super snorers, whose snorts and snores rattle windows and awaken the neighbors. Many of these people suffer from sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway becomes blocked, or the muscles that control breathing stop moving. Either way, breathing stops……

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Restless Legs Syndrome and Cardiovascular Death Risk

Restless Legs Increase the Risk for Cardiac Events A new study, published in the journal Neurology, shows that the sleep and sensorimotor disorder called restless legs syndrome may raise the risk of heart-related death, particularly among older women. Restless legs syndrome (RLS), which is “a sleep and a neurological sensory disorder,” affects between 4 and 29 percent of adults in North America and Western Europe. In the United States, between 5 and 15 percent of the population is living with…

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