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Healthy Sleepers Needed for Study on Restless Legs Syndrome

Spaulding Hospital, in Cambridge, seeks participants for a collaborative project with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) to examine the impact of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) on cardiovascular health. The study is being led by Dr. Suzie Bertisch, a clinician-investigator who specializes in sleep issues at BIDMC.

Bertisch and her team of researchers are currently enrolling healthy sleepers in the research project, which will explore the relationship between RLS and heart disease.

“There has been much interest in the findings of recent studies that link restless legs syndrome with increased cardiovascular risk,” says Bertisch. “Our study is evaluating potential physiologic pathways that may link RLS with the development of cardiovascular disease.”

Study participants will gain insight into their own sleep patterns and leg movements, contribute to an increase in scientific knowledge of this important issue and receive compensation for their participation.

Location: Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, 1575 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Interested healthy sleepers can call 617-643-6026 or email [email protected] for more information about participating in the study.