London: Do you have an irresistible urge to move your legs particularly when you are not engaged in any activity? Well, if yes, then just consult a doctor as you might be suffering from restless legs syndrome which can up your risk of getting a heart attack.
A team of international researchers has carried out a study and found that the sufferers of restless legs syndrome (RLS) -- a common sleep disorder -- are more than twice as likely as non-sufferers to have a stroke or heart attack, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.
"Most people with RLS have as many as 200 to 300 periodic leg movements per night of sleep. These leg movements are associated with acute increases in both blood pressure and heart rate, which may, over the long term, produce cardiovascular disease," according Dr John W Winkelman of the Harvard Medical School in Boston.
The team questioned over 3, 400 people with an average age of 68 about RLS symptoms and their cardiovascular health. Seven per cent of women and three per cent of men had symptoms associated with the condition.