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"Mixing Less Than Six Hours Of Sleep With Chronic Disease Is Deadly Combo" - Sandee LaMotte

  • MSN
  • New York, NY
  • (October 02, 2019)

If you're a middle-aged adult with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or existing heart disease and you typically sleep less than six hours each night, you could be setting yourself up for cancer or an early death from heart disease. That's the discomforting results of a study that sleep-tested 16,000 adults between the ages of 20 and 74 and then tracked their health for 20 years. “This is now the fourth study, including ours, clearly indicating that sleeping less than six hours a day can actually lead to the development of artery disease and death related to cardiovascular disease," said renowned cardiologist Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, director of Mount Sinai Heart and physician-in-chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital. Research published in January by Dr. Fuster measured the prevalence and rate of progression of subclinical vascular lesions, or early stages of the plaque that can block arteries, in 4,000 people with no history of heart disease. Dr. Fuster, who is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology added, “We measured the amount of disease that was present in the arteries that supply blood to the brain, to the legs, to the main aorta and the coronary arteries." Dr. Fuster advised, “Working with a specialist can help identify your sleep issues and target them with appropriate interventions.”

— Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director, Mount Sinai Heart, Physician in Chief, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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