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Sleep and Heart Disease

By on September 26, 2015
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New study shows a correlation between sleep habits and early signs of heart disease.

You can give yourself permission to schedule 8 hours of sleep and feel good about it.

by Ed Cara (

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that a good night’s sleep makes for a healthy and thriving life.

As yet another example of that, a new study published Wednesday in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology has found that poor sleep habits are linked to a higher risk of developing early warning signs of heart disease.

“Inadequate sleep is a common problem and a likely source of poor health, including visible signs of disease, such as heart attack,” said study co-lead author Dr. Chan-Won Kim, a clinical associate professor in the Center for Cohort Studies at Kangbuk Samsun Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea, in a statement.

Studying the medical records of nearly 50,000 adults, the study authors were to detect a correlation between the participants’ sleep habits – as detailed via a questionnaire – and their measured levels of coronary artery calcification (CAC) and arterial stiffness. Both measures are known to predict later coronary disease and related heart conditions, in particular because calcium is deposited in the arteries as they become clogged with plaque.

Compared to people who reported 7 hours of sleep every night, people with only 5 hours of sleep had on average around 50 percent more calcium in their arteries, and those who slept 9 or more hours had around 70 percent more calcium.  Additionally, people who reported poor sleep quality had about…….

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