New Statement from the American Heart Association

The Link Between Sleep Disorders and Cardiovascular Health On Sept. 19, the American Heart Association released a scientific statement c...

The Link Between Sleep Disorders and Cardiovascular Health



On Sept. 19, the American Heart Association released a scientific statement confirming that sleep disorders, like obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia, are associated with negative cardiovascular health.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults get in at least seven hours of sleep every night. However, this is rarely the case. In fact, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, roughly 50 - 70 million adults in the U.S. each year report insufficient sleep or suffer from a sleep disorder.

With these new findings in mind, it was suggested that the AHA focus on sleep behavior through a public health campaign concerning proper sleep habits, as well as educating clinicians on how to screen for sleep disorders. Additionally, it was recommended that the impact of other sleep disorders, like restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement , be tested for their relation with cardiometabolic risk.

To read more about the AHA's statement, check out this article featured on Cardiovascular Business.

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