Insufficient sleep now a key factor for heart attacks

Various research studies over the past two decades indicate more than 80 per cent of all cardiovascular events may be prevented by healthy lifestyle and management of known cardiovascular risk factors.


 Proper sleep is now considered an essential component for ideal heart and brain health, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

The Association, this week, added sleep duration to its cardiovascular health score -- known as Life's Essential 8 that consists of diet, physical activity, nicotine exposure, weight, cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.