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Heart health tied to sleep habits

11:49 PM, Feb. 20, 2013
Dr. Charles McCauley
Dr. Charles McCauley
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Lack of sleep can do more than make you sluggish; new research shows a good night's sleep can go hand in hand with maintaining a healthy heart.

Dr. Jaime A. Boero, a neurologist and sleep specialist with the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, said people suffering from sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea have a much higher risk of heart disease. Patients with sleep apnea are two to three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack and up to six times more likely to have irregular heartbeats, Boero said.

"We know there is a very clear link between sleep and cardiac health," Boero ...

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