Restless Legs Syndrome Associated With High Blood Pressure

Researchers have found that middle-aged women with Restless Legs Syndrome have a 6%-41% increased risk of having High Blood Pressure. The risk is linked to the severity and frequency of their Restless Legs Syndrome.

What is High Blood Pressure?

High Blood Pressure is a disease that develops once the blood flows by your arteries at higher than the usual pressures. Your blood pressure is made up of diastolic and systolic. Diastolic is the pressure between heartbeats when the heart is filling with blood. Systolic pressure is when the ventricles pump blood out of the heart.

Most people with this condition do not have any signs or symptoms. Few people might have headaches, shortness of breath, or nosebleeds. However, these symptoms are not definite and usually do not befall until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life-threatening stage. You can have this condition for years without any symptoms. Fortunately, it can be easily detected. Once you know you have High Blood Pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it.

High Blood Pressure and Restless Legs Syndrome

High Blood Pressure is one of the major risk factors for stroke and heart disease. A particular report shows that millions of people in the U.S. and worldwide with Restless Legs Syndrome have a significantly raised risk for High Blood Pressure. At least 5 million people in America are thought to have moderate to severe Restless Legs Syndrome.

Restless Legs Syndrome is a disorder in which patients have an overwhelming need to move their legs. Frequently there is a strange and unpleasant sensation in their legs. The only method of relief is to move the limbs. Patients have used these words when the feeling/sensation in their legs build-up, causing the urge to move them:

  • Itching
  • Tugging
  • Crawling
  • Creeping
  • Electric shocks
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Aching

The symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome tend to become worse and more common in the evening and after going to bed. However, the symptoms improve in the morning. This type of condition is twice more common in females than in males. Symptoms onset tends to occur during middle age or later, but can occur at any age.

Restless Legs Syndromeoften affects sleep quality. Patients with this condition, especially those with severe symptoms, commonly suffer from fatigue during the day, depression, and other problems linked to insomnia and poor quality sleep.

Prior studies have explained that they had found a link between Restless Legs Syndrome and a higher chance of developing stroke or heart attack. Over three-quarters of patients with Restless Legs Syndrome also suffer from Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. They had twitches uncontrollably and leg jerks every 10-60 seconds, typically during sleep. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is considered a kind of sleeping condition. The sufferer wakes up several times during the night. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder has been associated with higher blood pressure and heart rate. Researchers determined what impact Restless Legs Syndrome might have on Blood Pressure. As a result, women with Restless Legs Syndrome have a higher prevalence of hypertension. This prevalence increases with more recurrent symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome.

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