MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Miklos Z Molnar, MD, PhD, FEBTM, FERA, FASN Associate Professor of Medicine Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN, 38163 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Restless legs syndrome is a common sleep disorder, but there is a paucity of large cohort studies examining the association of restless legs syndrome with clinical outcomes, including all-cause mortality, incident coronary heart disease, stroke and chronic kidney disease. From a nationally representative prospective cohort of over 3 million US veterans [93% male, median follow-up time of 8.1 years (interquartile range: 7.0–8.5years)] with baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate ≥60 mL/min/1.73 m2, a propensity-matched cohort of 7392 patients was created, and the association between incident restless legs syndrome and the following was examined:
- (1) all-cause mortality;
- (2) incident coronary heart disease;
- (3) incident strokes; and
- (4) incident chronic kidney disease defined as estimated glomerular filtration rate <60 mL/min/1.73 m2.