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According to a new study, heart attacks are more frequent on Mondays: it would be a question of a “peak of stress” linked to the return to work…

Each year, in France, 80,000 people suffer a heart attack: this “heart attack” remains serious since 10% of patients die within an hour, and 15% within a year.

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The risk factors for heart attack are now well known: they include (among others) smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, physical inactivity and excessive consumption of alcohol.

But according to a new study carried out jointly by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (in Ireland) and by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (in the United Kingdom), heart attacks are also more frequent… on Mondays.

The stress related to the return to work would be in question

To reach this conclusion, the researchers studied medical data from more than 10,000 heart attack patients between 2013 and 2018. They particularly focused on ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI ), a particular and extremely serious heart attack since it frequently leads to cardiac arrest.

Result ? Scientists observed an increased risk (+13%) of STEMI during the first day of the week. How to explain it? “This phenomenon is probably related to the stress of returning to work, answers Dr. Jack Laffan, cardiologist and main author of this work. Increased stress leads to increased blood cortisol levels, which is a risk factor for heart attack.

In addition, the researchers point out that previous studies had already shown that there is a greater risk of heart attack in winter and during the first hours of the day. If you have risk factors for heart attack, these are parameters to consider!

Source :British Cardiovascular Society Conference

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