Navigation Links
Restless legs syndrome doubles risk of stroke and heart disease
Date:12/31/2007

ST. PAUL, Minn. People with restless legs syndrome (RLS) are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart disease compared to people without RLS, and the risk is greatest in those with the most frequent and severe symptoms, according to research published in the January 1, 2008, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study, the largest of its kind enrolling both men and women, involved 3,433 people with an average age of 68 who were enrolled in the Sleep Heart Health Study. Participants were diagnosed with RLS by detailed questionnaire and asked if they had been diagnosed with a variety of systemic diseases including cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. Of the participants, nearly seven percent of women and three percent of men had RLS.

The study found people with RLS were more than twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease or cerebrovascular disease. The results remained the same after adjusting for age, sex, race, body mass index, diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood pressure medication, HDL/LDL cholesterol levels, and smoking.

"The association of RLS with heart disease and stroke was strongest in those people who had RLS symptoms at least 16 times per month," said study author John W. Winkelman, MD, PhD, with Harvard Medical School in Boston. "There was also an increased risk among people who said their RLS symptoms were severe compared to those with less bothersome symptoms."

Winkelman says although this study does not show that RLS causes cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, a number of potential mechanics for such a process exist. In particular, most people with RLS have as many as 200 to 300 periodic leg movements per night of sleep and these leg movements are associated with substantial acute increases in both blood pressure and heart rate, which may, over the long term, produce cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease.

Winkelman says there are limitations to the study, including that the diagnosis of RLS was self-reported by questionnaire rather than by clinical interview.


'/>"/>

Contact: Angela Babb
ababb@aan.com
651-695-2789
American Academy of Neurology
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Neupro(R) Filed with the FDA for the Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome
2. Diabetes appears to increase risk of death for patients with acute coronary syndromes
3. Eye-staining technique offers early detection for dry eye syndrome
4. Pollen, Fruits, Veggies Help Trigger Oral Allergy Syndrome
5. Treating depression may improve recovery of heart rate variability following coronary syndromes
6. Stem cell research produces a key discovery for Fragile X Syndrome
7. Metabolic syndrome heightens risk for development of uric-acid kidney stones
8. Stomach Virus a Culprit in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
9. Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to stomach virus
10. Toward a faster prenatal test for Down syndrome
11. Brain Defect Helps Drive Fragile X Syndrome
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... “When the Stars Lead ... is the creation of published author Laura Weigel Douglas, an avid reader who lives ... a house that sometimes feels like Green Hills Adventure Camp. She couldn’t be more ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Water damage to the flooring of several ... had left education officials with a number of critical issues to address before students ... to be accomplished with little or no disruption to class schedules. Second, the project ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... San Diego, California (PRWEB) , ... May 24, ... ... patient care through innovative medical image management and interpretation, has received U.S. Food ... technology. , Nucleus.io is a web-based, scalable and secure cloud platform for ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Myers Jackson is well known ... ability to sell luxury homes anywhere on the planet. The luxury home market is ... Hattiesburg to Houston city-scapes. A quick search of “11 Spyglass Hill Auction will enlighten ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... ... thinking of a visit to San Francisco , fall is a great time to ... , Business Architecture Associates is pleased to offer 5 days of training courses, available to ... for individuals, and as 4-½ day corporate package for up to 3 employees with the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/15/2017)... 15, 2017 Enterin Inc., a privately-held CNS pharmaceutical ... novel compounds to treat Parkinson,s disease (PD), has enrolled the ... Phase 1/2a randomized, controlled, multicenter study involving patients with PD ... 50 patients over a 9-to-12-month period. The first stage is ... with PD. Participating sites include Denver , ...
(Date:5/11/2017)... , May 11, 2017  Thornhill Research Inc. ... been awarded an $8,049,024 USD five-year, firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery ... the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) ( Ottawa, ... Systems to administer general anesthesia to patients requiring ... "The US Marine Corps have been a ...
(Date:5/10/2017)... 2017 Global Health Intelligence (GHI), the ... , published its 2017 ranking of the Best-Equipped ... extensive data analysis from GHI,s hospitals database for Latin ... the region. The GHI database covers 86% of the hospitals ... 130 data points for each institution in key areas such ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: