Restless Legs Syndrome and All-Cause Mortality in Four Prospective Cohort Studies
Winter, Anke C
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CitationSzentkirályi, András, Anke C. Winter, Markus Schürks, Henry Völzke, Wolfgang Hoffmann, Julie E. Buring, J. Michael Gaziano, Tobias Kurth, and Klaus Berger. 2012. Restless legs syndrome and all-cause mortality in four prospective cohort studies. BMJ Open 2(6): e001652.
AbstractObjectives: To evaluate the association between restless legs syndrome (RLS) and all-cause mortality. Design: Four prospective cohort studies. Setting: The Dortmund Health Study (DHS) and the Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP) from Germany. The Women's Health Study (WHS) and the Physicians’ Health Study (PHS) from the USA. Participants: In DHS: a random sample (n=1 299) from the population of Dortmund; in SHIP: a sample (n=4 291) from residents living in West Pomerania were drawn by multistage random sampling design; in WHS: female healthcare professionals (n=31 370); in PHS: male physicians (n=22 926) Main outcome measures: All-cause mortality. Results: The prevalence of RLS ranged between 7.4% and 11.9% at baseline. During follow-up (ranging between 6 and 11 years) RLS was not associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality in any of the four cohorts. The multivariable-adjusted HRs (95% CI) for all-cause mortality ranged from 0.21 (0.03 to 1.53) to 1.07 (0.93 to 1.23) across the four studies. The HRs for all-cause mortality did not differ according to gender. Conclusions: In these four independently conducted large prospective cohort studies from Germany and the USA, RLS did not increase the risk of all-cause mortality. These findings do not support the hypothesis that RLS is a risk factor for mortality of any cause.
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