Effects of Heart Disease on Sleep

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Sleep-related breathing disorders can directly cause heart disease. Yet, there are effects of heart disease on sleep that, though more subtle, are also important to address. For instance, patients with congestive heart failure often report difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.

What does that mean? It means quality of sleep is a big indicator of your health – particularly heart health.

This may be due to shortness of breath that often accompanies heart failure. This shortness of breath is often worse when the patient lies down because blood in the legs flows back into the heart and can overwhelm its ability to pump.

There are many complex relationships between heart conditions and sleep-related breathing disorders. People with heart conditions need to take special care and seek medical attention in order to ensure their ability to sleep well.

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