A late research conducted at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences informs that sleeping disorders are connected to heart attacks and strokes, highly increasing the risk for those who suffer from cardiovascular conditions.
It goes without saying that sleep plays an essential role in a person’s life, being a key factor for a healthy and wholesome existence.
There is no news, also, that sleep privation, as well as other sleep disorders are closely related to various health issues.
The new research, displayed at EuroHeartCare 2015 – event that took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia – claims not only that sleeping disorders are connected to heart conditions but, they can actually double the risk of such conditions, like heart attack or stroke.
Professor Valery Gafarov from the World Health Organisation (WHO), argues that sleep should not be regarded as a trivial issue, pointing out to the rather concerning conclusion of the study.
Especially when associated with other factors, such as smoking, lack of exercise and poor diet, sleep privation may result in a seriously increased risk for people with cardiovascular disease.
The results suggest that it may even double the risk of a heart attack, whereas increase up to four times the risk of stroke.
The above mentioned research was an integrated part of the WHO programme “MONICA” (multinational monitoring of trends and determinants in cardiovascular disease) and the “MONICA-psychosocial” sub study.
The study comprised 657 men with ages ranging from 25 to 64 years, with no past record of any heart related condition and who din not suffer from diabetes.
The participants in the study were from Novosibirsk, Russia and they were evaluated , in terms of quality of their, starting with the year 1994.
Throughout the following 14 years, a clear record of situations of myocardial infarction and stroke was kept.
Over the time of study, nearly 63 percent of those participants who experienced sleeping disorders, were also registered with heart attack.
Also, the risk of myocardial infarction was two to 2.6 times greater and a stroke risk was 1.5 to four times higher for those individuals who suffered from sleeping problems.
Professor Valery Gafarov pointed out that sleep privation is also related to other critical issues that illustrate social stress in the population, like depression, anxiety, hostility, vital exhaustion.
He concludes that guidelines should include sleep as a risk factor to recommendations for preventing cardiovascular disease.