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Hypertension

30 August 2011

Poor sleep ups high blood pressure

Men who sleep poorly have an 80% higher chance of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) than men with the highest level of this restorative sleep, research shows.

 If you sleep poorly, your chances of developing high blood pressure may increase, new research suggest.

"Reductions in the deepest stage of sleep is specifically associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure," said Dr Susan Redline, the Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.

 

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Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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