Women's Heart Advisor October 2016 Issue

Poor Sleep Can Raise Your Risk of Heart Disease

Poor quality sleep or an insufficient amount of sleep can be a risk factor for stroke, heart attack and generally worsening cardiovascular health.

Poor Sleep Can Raise Your Risk of Heart Disease

Your sleep habits are closely connected to your heart health.

In their younger years, women are at much lower risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD) than men. But after menopause, when the protective effects of estrogen disappear, the likelihood a woman will develop CAD accelerates rapidly. How well do you sleep? If you are one of millions who have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or getting enough sleep, you may be at increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

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