Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Insomnia in Young Men and in Older Adults Increase CV Risk

Insomnia increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes in younger to mid-life men and the elderly, but not in younger women.  The insomnia is related to excessive sympathetic stimulation.  This can be detected and treated by getting a heart rate variability test (Max Pulse), which we offer in our office.  If you are at risk, you can counter-balance the risk with regular relaxation exercises.

 See the CARDIA Study in the Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Jan. 2014, 57-64.



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