Cardiovascular disorders

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In normal subjects, sleep is characterized by physiological changes in cardiovascular parameters (blood pressure, heart rate), but sleep and in particular sleep disorders, are also related to cardiovascular diseases. Patients with cardiovascular diseases can complain of several sleep disturbances such as sleep fragmentation, insomnia, and breathing disorders during sleep. On the other hand, patients with sleep disorders seem to be more frequently affected by cardiovascular disorders, so it is often difficult to determine which is the cause and the effect. Sleep features and sleep disorders are associated with cardiovascular diseases via several mechanistic pathways that have been largely explored in the context of experimental and clinical studies. This review summarizes what is known from experimental and cross-sectional studies about the association between sleep duration, sleep disorders, and cardiovascular diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSleepiness and human impact assessment
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Italia s.r.l.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9788847053885, 8847053870, 9788847053878
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cardiovascular events
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Sleep apnea
  • Sleep disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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