According to a study, you are more likely to have a serious heart attack on a Monday.
Doctors noticed a 13% increase at the start of the working week after analyzing data from 10,528 patients across Ireland.
They were hospitalized with the most serious form of heart attack – an ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), which occurs when a large coronary artery becomes completely blocked.
STEMI rates were highest on a Monday and were also higher than expected on a Sunday.
Scientists haven’t been able to fully explain this “Blue Monday” phenomenon, but previous studies have linked it to our circadian rhythm — the body’s sleep or wake cycle.
According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), there are more than 30,000 hospital admissions for STEMI in the UK each year.
It requires emergency evaluation and treatment to minimize heart damage, which is usually done with emergency angioplasty — a procedure to reopen the blocked coronary artery.
cardiologist dr Jack Laffan: “We found a strong statistical association between the start of the work week and the incidence of STEMI.”
“This has been previously described but remains a curiosity.” The cause is likely multifactorial, but based on what we know from previous studies it is reasonable to assume a circadian element.”
Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director at BHF, added: “Every five minutes someone is hospitalized in the UK with a life-threatening heart attack. Therefore, it is important that research continues to shed light on how and why heart attacks occur.” .
“This study adds to the evidence on the timing of particularly hard heart attacks, but we now need to figure out what affects specific days of the week that make them more likely.”
“This could help doctors better understand this deadly disease so that we can save more lives in the future.”
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