By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) — Insomnia may triple the risk of developing heart failure, a large new study from Norway suggests.
Heart problems definitely lead to sleep problems, said lead researcher Dr. Lars Laugsand, but his team tried to determine whether the reverse might also be true.
“Insomnia is a frequent and easily recognized, potentially manageable and treatable condition,” said Laugsand, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of public health at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim.
Laugsand added that the researchers found an association between insomnia and heart failure, not that insomnia actually causes heart failure.
“We still do not know whether heart failure is really caused by insomnia, and it is still unclear why insomnia is linked to higher heart failure risk,” he said.
Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart does not pump blood efficiently…
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