A recent study that was published recently by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the journal Sleep found a link between severe restless leg syndrome (RLS) and an increased risk for stroke. The study took place over the course of 6 years, and observed almost 73,000 women.
Restless Leg Syndrome affects 10-15% of Americans, and is essentially the irresistible urge to move one’s legs to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations, especially in the evening and night. Vein disorders have been found to contribute to RLS, and treating these vein disorders can help alleviate or even eliminate RLS symptoms. Healthy veins are able to return blood back to the heart, but unhealthy veins are poor conduits for blood, allowing it to pool and causing a buildup of toxic metabolic waste. Modern equipment allows Dr. Afshar to determine if your RLS is a result of a vein disorder.
Taking into account other health factors, the study found that those who suffered from severe cases of RLS were more likely to also suffer from a stroke. The correlation was only found in those who experienced severe RLS and not mild or moderate RLS. Although the study only finds that there is a link between the two issues and not a causative relationship, the study leads us to believe that there are more serious implications of restless leg syndrome than discomfort and interrupted sleep. If you’re experiencing restless leg syndrome, don’t just accept it as a fact of life and try to deal with it on your own. We’re here to help you, and it just takes a quick, free and simple consultation to start making a change that could impact your quality of life, your sleep, and your overall health.