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HomeCardiologyRisk of stroke higher for insomniacs

Risk of stroke higher for insomniacs

People plagued with insomnia might have an increased risk of stroke, particularly if they are young adults. [s]News24[/s] reports that researchers in Taiwan, published in [s]Stroke[/s], have found that insomnia seems to raise the likelihood that a person will be hospitalised due to stroke by 54%. That risk skyrocketed for people between the ages of 18 and 34, who were eight times more likely to suffer strokes if they had insomnia when compared to their peers who got good sleep, the study found. But, the report notes, while the study found an association between insomnia and higher stroke risk, it didn't prove cause-and-effect. 'We've seen that people who have sleep issues have other health factors that increase their risk for stroke,' Dr Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at [b]Lenox Hill Hospital[/b] is quoted as saying. 'This one behavioural issue, insomnia, has all these multiple factors associated with it that lead to an increased risk of stroke.'

[link url=http://www.health24.com/Medical/Sleep/Insomnia/Young-adult-insomniacs-at-higher-risk-for-stroke-20140404]Full Health24 report[/link]
[link url=https://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2014/04/03/STROKEAHA.113.003675.abstract]Stroke abstract[/link]

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