Salma Batool-Anwar, MD, of the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Sleep Medicine, in Boston, MA, and investigators, noted that there was only limited research characterizing the relationship between Restless Legs (RLS) and high blood pressure.
As a result, they set out to conduct a clinical study, enrolling more than 65,000 women aged 41-58 years. The presence of Restless Legs (RLS) was determined by using a self-administered questionnaire. Statistical tools were used to determine the extent of relationship between the presence of Restless Legs (RLS) and high blood pressure.
When the results were tallied, it was determined that the odds of having high blood pressure were 20% greater in women with Restless Legs (RLS), compared to those without Restless Legs (RLS). At the same time, a greater frequency of RLS was observed in the women who had high blood pressure than those that did not.
While the authors cannot conclude from this study that Restless Legs (RLS) causes blood pressure to rise, they did document a significant relationship between the severity of Restless Legs (RLS) symptoms and the prevalence of high blood pressure (HypertensionAHA. Published online October 10, 2011, doi: 10.1161/).
In an accompanying editorial in the same publication, Dr. Domenic Sica, from the Virginia Commonwealth University, suggested that the lack of sleep that often goes along with Restless Legs (RLS) does not permit the body to properly calm itself: a process needed to bring blood pressure down to reasonable levels.
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