Restless legs syndrome patients risk for heart disease

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Restless legs syndrome patients risk for heart disease

Research at the University of California, San Francisco, showed that about 45 percent of patients with restless legs syndrome at risk of thickening of tissue layer on the heart wall that leads to heart disease or cause the death. Patients who moves their feet more than 35 times during sleep at higher risk of heart wall tissue layer thickening compared with fewer moves their feet.

According to Dr. Arshad Jahangir, a cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic Arizona, restless leg syndrome is not the cause of heart attacks, but it will only be a clue about the presence of risk factors that need to be wary of. This disorder usually causes the patient to feel their legs would not silent even when they are sleeping, so they can not sleep soundly.

Thickening of the tissue lining the heart wall will interfere with the heart in pumping blood. Continuous observation for 3 years, concluded that the patient restless legs syndrome who experienced thickening in the heart tissue will have two times more at risk of heart attacks and even death. But the the patient whose feet did not move much while sleeping showed their heart relatively safe.

The study was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and was presented at the American College of Cardiology conference in New Orleans.