An analysis of data from 10,528 patients found that the worst heart attacks occurred at the beginning of the work week. The most severe heart attacks were more likely to occur on Mondays, a new study found. Presenting the study at the british Cardiovascular Society on june 4, doctors examined ST-segment myocardial infarction (STEMI), which occurs when a major coronary artery is completely blocked.
A rise in rates of STEMI heart attacks in hospital admissions in ireland between 2013 and 2018 was seen earlier in the week with higher rates on Monday. There were also higher-than-expected STEMI heart attack rates on Sunday. However, so far scientists have not been able to fully explain why this "Monday" phenomenon occurs. Previous studies have shown that heart attacks are more likely to occur on Mondays and are related to the body's sleep-wake cycle. In the UK, 30,000 people are admitted to hospital after suffering a STEMI heart attack. They require urgent evaluation and treatment to minimize damage to the heart, and this is usually done with emergency angioplasty, a procedure to reopen a blocked coronary artery. professor Sir Nilesh Chamani, Medical director of the british heart Foundation (BHF), said that they can help doctors better understand this deadly condition and therefore save more lives in the future. They found a strong statistical association between the start of the work week and the incidence of STEMI. This could be for a number of reasons, said cardiologist Dr. Jack Laffan, who led the research. It is worth noting that previous studies have shown that cardiac arrest events, distinct from heart attacks, are more likely to occur on Mondays.