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Deadly Heart Attacks are More Common on Mondays, Study Finds


A recent study revealed that Mondays have a higher incidence of deadly heart attacks. Credit: Public domain

A recent study conducted by the British Heart Foundation suggests that Mondays can have a negative impact on your heart health. Specifically, they found that the risk of experiencing the most severe type of heart attack called a STEMI, is higher on Mondays compared to other days of the week.

Interestingly, the researchers also uncovered an unexpected increase in STEMI heart attacks on Sundays. This finding came as a surprise to the scientific community.

In summary, the study reveals that both Mondays and Sundays may pose higher risks for individuals in terms of experiencing severe heart attacks. These findings shed light on the potential impact of specific days of the week on our heart health.

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, the medical director at the British Heart Foundation said, “We now need to unpack what it is about certain days of the week that makes them more likely.”

He further said, “Doing so could help doctors better understand this deadly condition so we can save more lives in [the] future.”

STEMI heart attacks and stress hormones

Experts suggest that there is evidence linking the rise in STEMI heart attacks to stress hormones. Although more research is needed to understand this connection fully, it is believed that stress hormones could be a contributing factor for heart attacks.

“It is likely to be due to the stress of returning to work,” said cardiologist Dr. Jack Laffan of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

These findings highlight the potential influence of work-related stress on our cardiovascular health, emphasizing the need to manage and reduce stress levels for the well-being of our hearts.

What is STEMI?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a STEMI, which stands for ST-elevation myocardial infarction, occurs when one of the arteries responsible for supplying blood to the heart muscle becomes blocked. This blockage results in the gradual death of the heart muscle, leading to a weakened heart that struggles to pump blood effectively throughout the body.

In order to address this critical condition, a STEMI is typically treated with an emergency angioplasty. This medical procedure aims to reopen the blocked arteries, restoring proper blood flow to the heart muscle.

It is worth noting that approximately 38% of individuals who visit the emergency room due to artery blockages in the heart are diagnosed with STEMI.

More studies on the same context

Another study, presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference in Manchester, England, contributes to the existing body of research regarding the timing and factors associated with heart attacks.

In a similar vein, a study conducted in 2005 discovered that heart attacks occurring on what is commonly known as “Blue Monday” were more prevalent among men and appeared to be linked to alcohol consumption.

This new study’s findings build upon the knowledge surrounding heart attacks, providing further insights into the potential influences on their occurrence.

It is important to continue investigating these factors to gain a comprehensive understanding of the triggers and patterns associated with heart attacks, ultimately helping to develop preventive measures and effective treatments.

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