Poor sleep: a common denominator for both high blood pressure and stroke

May brings awareness about stroke risk and high blood pressure.

Sleep problems continue to be a common denominator shared by more problematic chronic disease conditions, such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and stroke. Want to prevent the latter? Start with preventing or treating your sleep problems.

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May 2017 brings us May Measurement Month (a global Blood Pressure Awareness Campaign, incorporating World Hypertension Day on May 17) and National Stroke Awareness Month. SHC offers these useful links to explore the well-established links between sleep problems, high blood pressure and stroke.

Clinical links between sleep problems, high blood pressure and stroke

AUG 2010: Chest
Sleep and Hypertension
From the research study: “Both sleep deprivation and insomnia have been linked to increases in incidence and prevalence of hypertension. Likewise, sleep disruption attributable to restless legs syndrome increases the likelihood of having hypertension. Observational studies demonstrate a strong correlation between the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the risk and severity of hypertension, whereas prospective studies of patients with OSA demonstrate a positive relationship between OSA and risk of incident hypertension.”

2005: Seminars in Neurology
Sleep and Stroke
From the research study: “In stroke, SWDs [sleep-wake disorders] are found in at least 20 to 40% of patients, who most commonly present with increased sleep needs (hypersomnia), excessive daytime sleepiness, or insomnia….The ill-defined symptom ‘fatigue’ was reported by 72% of patients <75 years with mild stroke. Parasomnias and disturbances of time perception …are less often observed.”

More reading

APR 16: Consultant 360
New study links sleep disorder and stroke risk
From the website: “Individuals with probable rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (pRBD) have an increased risk of developing both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, according to a recent study.”

MAR 14: American Heart Association
Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease, Stroke
From the website: “[Sleep apnea] prevents restful sleep and is associated with high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke and heart failure. …Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and stroke is also a leading cause of death and disability. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for both.”

APR 15, 2015: Mayo Clinic
Is it true that sleep deprivation can cause high blood pressure?
From the website: “People who sleep five hours or less a night may be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure or worsening already high blood pressure. There’s also an increased risk of high blood pressure for people who sleep between five and six hours a night.”

JAN 2012: World Heart Journal
Association of Circadian Disruption of Sleep and Night Shift Work with Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
From the website: “Recently night shift work causing circadian disruption of sleep has been suggested to be an important risk factor of [non-communicable diseases] like obesity, hypertension, stroke, [coronary artery disease] CAD, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cancer.”

PLEASE… treat your snoring and sleep disorders and find a way to
control your blood pressure. Don’t risk disastrous long-term consequences.

stroke and hypertension awareness for May 2017

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