Monday mornings were used to be notorious when many of the people were attacked by cardiac arrests on Monday. For a very long time, researchers used to believe in the ill myth that weekday morning was one of the prime times for sudden cardiac arrests and deaths.
The reason behind this prediction was the secretion of the stress hormone known as cortisol upon wakening up. The stress hormone cortisol increases one blood pressure, heart beating, and blood sugar level. All these side effects together would send the early risers to the emergency room.
However, things changed when researches took a close look at this issue. According to a study published in the journal ‘Heart Rhythm’, the pressure of everyday living has further increased the risk of cardiac rest at any time any day of the week. Click here to read the journal.
Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for further studying the peak timings of cardiac arrest analyzed the data from The Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study. For this study purpose, they collected the reports from 2002 to 2014. Click here to know more about the study.
Their findings proved that there is no link between the sudden cardiac arrest and Monday mornings. As they found out that from 1,535 adults only 13.9% people died between 12 am and 6 am due to cardiac arrest. Thus, the myth of this Monday morning cardiac arrests was cleared up.
The sudden cardiac arrests are not just the same as heart attacks. Despite the fact that these two terms are commonly used interchangeably, both of them are very different from each other.
The clogged coronary arteries lead a person to a heart attack. Due to the blocked arteries, there is no proper supply of oxygen to the heart muscles, hence they die. When this situation gets more complicated, it can cause the heart to beat abnormally leading one to sudden cardiac arrest.
In sudden cardiac arrests there are improper electrical signals. The heart decreases and eventually stops beating. This condition often leads a person to death or unconsciousness. Dr. Shephal Doshi a director of cardiac electrophysiologist said, “in a large percentage of patients, the cause of sudden cardiac arrest is not known.”
She noted that the patients usually face issues related to their heart pumping. And behind cardiac arrests, there are also some hereditary genetic diseases. Sudden cardiac arrests are so dangerous and more research is required in order to prevent and stop it before it strikes.
Though there are many factors behind cardiac arrests, still the researchers believe that stress is a major factor among them.
One of the doctors Dr. Sumeet Chugh, an associate professor, and medical director at Heart Rhythm Center said, “ we now live in a fast-paced, ‘always on’ era that causes increased psycho-social stress and possibly, an increase in the likelihood of sudden cardiac arrest.”
These modern technologies have further added fuel to the fire. According to Dr. Micheal Ghalchi, a cardiologist: “ stress causes an increase in blood pressure, inflammation, and even cholesterol levels- all of which increase the likelihood of a heart attack, and subsequently, sudden cardiac arrest.”
Other than these side effects stress can also lead you to problems like anxiety and depression which may indirectly cause you a sudden cardiac arrest.