Navigation Links
Boffins Find Link Between Common Sleep Disorder and Hypertension

A new study by an international team of researchers has found evidence that people suffering from moderate to severe cases of a common sleep disorder called restless legs syndrome (RLS) are at significantly increased risk for developing hypertension.

RLS is a common and debilitating sleep disorder that adversely affects the lives of tens of millions of people worldwide. It produces an intense, often irresistible urge to move the legs because of creeping, crawling, tingling or burning sensations. RLS causes considerable discomfort, insomnia and sleep disruption in people of all ages, and symptoms can occur when people are awake or asleep.

The 4-year joint study was led by boffins at Emory University who conducted the research along with colleagues at deCODE Genetics, Inc., an Icelandic genomics company, and Icelandic physicians at Landspitali in Reykjavik. The research team recruited 900 Icelanders for the study. Participants provided clinical information and the number of PLMs they experienced per hour of sleep over a period of two to five nights were measured. Age, gender, body mass index (BMI), and PLMs were examined as predictors of hypertension.

Researchers found the likelihood of hypertension increased with PLMs severity by 50 percent in participants who experienced more than 30 PLMs per hour of sleep. Older age and higher BMI were associated with increased hypertension risk as has been shown by others, yet, PLMs were associated with hypertension status independent of these two factors.

David Rye, MD, PhD, professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, director of the Emory Program in Sleep and lead author of the study, says the association between RLS and increased risk for high blood pressure was confirmed with the new study. "Our results confirm and extend accumulating evidence that periodic leg movements of sleep (PLMs) seen in most RLS patients are associated with increased release of adrenaline," says Dr. Rye.

"Of greatest import, these findings suggest that the clinical significance of PLMs extends beyond sleep disruption and sleepiness," he says. "Our findings indicate that in addition to treating RLS symptoms, effective treatments may also need to target PLMs, particularly in patients at high-risk for cardiovascular disease (e.g., those with strong family histories of premature cardiovascular disease, smoking, etc.)," he said.

The findings were presented on June 12th at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Minneapolis, Minn.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Fizzy Logic For A Perfect Drink: Courtesy Boffins
2. Boffins Identify Fifth Gene Behind Joubert Syndrome
3. Link Between Infection And Heart Disease
4. Prescription Drug Use Varies Widely Between States
5. Wait Between Pregnancies
6. Link Between Migraines and Behavioral Disorders
7. Link Between Obesity and Behavior in Kids
8. Link Between Mothers Depression and Violence in Children
9. Link Between Alcohol and Decrease in Brain Size
10. Link Between Musculoskeletal Pain and Vitamin D Deficiency
11. Link Between Hyperglycemia & Hospital Mortality
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... An influential resource amongst nurses and ... to shed lights on the variety of topics detailing why we appreciate nurses in ... why this career has gone from being in a major recession to one of ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... , ... May 27, 2016 , ... Beleza Medspa ... body fat composition regulations. This is the first time that Coolsculpting is being ... at least every six months to ensure they meet the prescribed body-fat standard, measured ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... ... Despite last week’s media reports hinting at a June rate hike after ... 2017 for an interest rate increase, according to Rajeev Dhawan of the Economic Forecasting ... Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are of interest to the press for their ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... property (IP) to its specialty academic programs. , Answering to the increasing demand ... certificate programs in health law, and environmental and land use law. ,  , ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... There are nearly 14.5 million people ... cancer survivors worldwide. On Sunday, June 5, 2016, communities around the world will gather ... Day®. , National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... NEW YORK , May 27, 2016 ... with biotechs, drug manufacturers, health insurance companies all falling ... very small healthcare companies. While not often talked about, ... The United States is by ... the world. Advanced Medical Isotope Corp. (OTC: ADMD), Nutranomics ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... May 26, 2016   Change Healthcare ... analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services designed ... entered into a strategic channel partnership with ... software solutions and revenue cycle management services ... and rehabilitation clinics to optimize revenue, operational ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... , Deutschland und GERMANTOWN, Maryland ... Zusammenarbeit mit Therawis bedient dringenden ... Brustkrebs   QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: ... heute bekannt, eine Lizenz- und Entwicklungsvereinbarung mit Therawis ... für die Onkologie eingegangen zu sein. Ein erstes ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: