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Video: Burnout Increases The Risk Of Atrial Fibrillation
Burnout increases the risk of atrial fibrillation
Emotional burnout is a condition that is accompanied by mental exhaustion, pathological fatigue and irritability. Scientists have found that it can lead to a potentially fatal heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation.
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Emotional burnout is a condition that is accompanied by mental exhaustion, pathological fatigue and irritability Scientists from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California have found that it can lead to a potentially fatal heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder and is the leading cause of strokes in Europe and the United States. It affects over 33 million people worldwide. Chronic stress and overwork may be key factors in the development of this condition, according to a study published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology.
“Life wasting, commonly referred to as burnout, is usually caused by prolonged and deep stress at work or at home. It differs from depression, which is characterized by low mood, guilt and low self-esteem,”said study author Parveen Garg.
Previous research has shown a link between stress and atrial fibrillation, but the results have been mixed. Until now, nothing was known about the connection between life exhaustion or burnout with this heart rhythm disturbance.
Scientists surveyed more than 11,000 people without atrial fibrillation to determine if they have life exhaustion and irritability, if they use antidepressants, if they have good social support. They then followed the participants for 25 years.
The researchers found no link between atrial fibrillation and irritability, levels of social support, or antidepressant use. Only the people who scored the highest scores on the life exhaustion test were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation. The risk of this rhythm disturbance increased by 20%.
“Vital exhaustion is associated with increased inflammation and activation of the body's response to physiological stress. As a result, serious and destructive consequences for the heart tissue are possible, which can ultimately lead to the development of arrhythmias,”explained Gerg.
Scientists point out that this is a preliminary estimate of the link between life wasting and atrial fibrillation. Further research is needed to determine what physicians should do to help burnout patients.
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