Study Shows That Mechanical Heart Valves Disturb Sleep
Wochit Headline News - Friday, 19 May 2017
A new study by Haukeland University in Norway has found nearly one-quarter of patients with a mechanical heart valve report the valve disturbs their sleep. The study, which was presented at the EuroHeartCare 2017 annual meeting, examined how the noise of a mechanical heart valve impacted patients' lives and sleep. Dr. Kjersti Oterhals said, "For some patients the closing sound of their mechanical heart valve reduces their quality of life, disturbs their sleep, causes them to avoid social situations, and leads to depression and anxiety."