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Avoid heart disease through better sleep

Most people don’t know that the average American's sleep duration has decreased by 1.5 to 2 hours per night per person over the last 50 years. And most don’t understand the close connection between heart health and sleep.

This has had far-reaching impact on our overall health. Many researchers believe it has contributed to increases in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Recent studies reveal the connection

Several recent studies show links between shortened sleep duration, defined as less than six hours of sleep, and increased risk of heart disease. A European Heart Journal review of 15 different medical studies involving almost 475,000 people found that short sleepers had a 48% increased risk of developing or dying from coronary heart disease (CHD). Depending on the study, there was a seven- to 25-year follow-up period. Participants had a 15% greater risk of developing or dying from stroke during the same time.

Conversely, long sleepers who average nine or more hours a night also showed a 38% increased risk of developing or dying from CHD and a much higher, 65% increased risk of stroke. It is probably the comorbidities that disrupt the sleep, resulting in a longer sleep time, not the actual sleep itself, that is associated with the increase in morbidity and mortality.

Untreated obstructive sleep apnea is also a risk for atrial fibrillation. Until the apnea is addressed, cardioversion is less likely to result in maintaining a normal heart rhythm.

Screening & testing are critical

Obese people should be screened and examined for their sleep-related heart conditions. Margaret E. Mike, MD, is a triple-boarded sleep specialist with over two decades of experience and an outstanding success record. She can help you with your sleep problem and help you avoid more serious threats to you health.

Talk to us about your sleep problem. Call Margaret Mike, MD Sleep & Wake Center at 972–981-7436 and learn how today’s advanced care options could potentially save your life. For your convenience, you can also use our online form to schedule your appointment with sleep doctor Margaret Mike today! We gladly accept patients from Frisco (Denton County), Plano (Collin County), Bedford, Colleyville and Grapevine (Tarrant County) in DFW Metroplex, TX. Physicians employed by Texas Health Physician Group practice independently, and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Resources hospitals.