Is Heart Disease Keeping You Awake at Night? Learn to Reclaim Your Sleep

Your disease-or the medications you take for it-may affect your ability to sleep normally. But there are strategies that can help.

Physicians have known for years that obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to awaken countless times at night gasping for air, raises the risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death. But the connection between sleep disorders and cardiovascular diseases runs much deeper. The most common sleep disorders-sleep apnea and insomnia-are associated with an array of adverse cardiovascular outcomes.
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