Doctors have analyzed Data from 10,528 patients—7,112 in the Republic of Ireland and 3,416 in Northern Ireland at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland to study the chances of heart attacks.

According to a study, serious heart attacks are more likely to occur on Mondays than any other day with 13% higher than anticipated risk of heart attacks.

Mondays & Heart Attacks 

The data was collected from the patients with the most severe heart attack, an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), which occurs when a major coronary artery is completely blocked. The patients required hospitalization between 2013 and 2018.

The researchers discovered a rise in STEMI heart attacks at the beginning of the workweek, with rates on Monday being the greatest.

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“We’ve found a strong statistical correlation between the start of the working week and the incidence of STEMI,” says cardiologist Jack Laffan from the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

“This has been described before but remains a curiosity.”

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Important risk factors for heart attacks, such as blood pressure, exhibit diurnal rhythms. It has also been demonstrated that disruptions to this sleep-wake cycle can also affect cardiovascular health.

“This study adds to evidence around the timing of particularly serious heart attacks, but we now need to unpick what it is about certain days of the week that makes them more likely,” says Nilesh Samani, medical director at the British Heart Foundation.

“Doing so could help doctors better understand this deadly condition so we can save more lives in the future.”

It’s not necessary to take extra precautions for your heart health on a Monday and then disregard it for the next six days, but it is important to keep in mind any additional stresses your body may be experiencing at the beginning of the week.

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