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DeCODE helps finding effects of restless legs syndrome

Dr. David Rye, a professor at Emory University in the US, recently confirmed a link between restless legs syndrome and high blood pressure, as the result of a study he had undertaken in cooperation with Iceland’s deCODE.

Restless legs syndrome is a common ailment which often troubles people in their sleep, though the symptoms can also be detected in a waking condition, Morgunbladid reports.

About ten percent of the US population suffers from the ailment as well as millions of people across the globe. Sufferers have the urge to move their legs due to a burning sensation, numbness or itching.

According to Rye, restless legs syndrome can have more serious effects than disturbing sleep. The leg movements cause a burst of adrenaline, which causes the blood pressure to rise.

Individuals who experience over 30 leg movements in one hour suffer from a 50 percent increase in blood pressure.

Rye concluded the ailment could prove hazardous for people who are at risk of heart attack, like smokers and people who have families with a history of cardiac diseases.

Rye’s findings are the result of a four-year study in which 900 Icelanders participated.

Click here to read more about deCODE.

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