We’ve all felt the dread of a Monday, but did you realize that Mondays may be physically and emotionally taxing for your heart as well? A shocking new study presented in June 2023 at the annual meeting of the British Cardiovascular Society in Manchester, United Kingdom, illuminated an intriguing link between two previously unrelated factors.
ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) seems to be more common on Mondays, the day they are diagnosed.
Let’s investigate this issue in further depth to find out how our weekend routines, Monday morning anxiety, and other factors are all interconnected.
Unmasking the Culprit: Understanding STEMI
Let’s get to the bottom of STEMI before we get down to brass tacks. An ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is one of the most serious types of heart attack and happens when a major blood vessel to the heart becomes blocked, causing severe damage to a large section of the heart muscle.
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), which captures the heart’s electrical activity, may reveal a STEMI by its unique pattern.
The EKG shows a distinct pattern during a STEMI episode, suggesting the full blockage of a main coronary artery.
Timing Is Key to Understanding the Monday Effect
The study’s primary investigator, cardiologist Dr. Jack Laffan of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, speculates that a number of factors contribute to the spike in heart attacks on Mondays.
However, he hints that our internal clock, the circadian rhythm, may play a significant role. Dr. Laffan hypothesizes that the increase in heart attacks on Mondays may be related to sleep problems throughout the weekend. Let’s look at some methods for maintaining a healthy heartbeat.
Getting Your Heart Rate in Rhythm for a Better Morning
1. Putting Your Sleep Needs First by Learning Your Body’s Rhythms
Keeping to a regular sleep pattern, especially on the weekends, has been shown to have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. Create a ritual for when you go into bed to tell your brain and body it’s time to relax. The beginning of the week will go more swimmingly if you respect your body’s rhythms.
2. How to Keep Your Heart Healthy While Indulging on the Weekend
It’s important to maintain moderation, particularly with regard to diet and alcohol intake, even on the weekends when it’s tempting to let loose and have fun.
Try to enjoy your delicacies in moderation by eating slowly and alternating alcoholic beverages with water. Taking care of your vital ticker may be done by eating well and exercising regularly.
Release Sunday’s Tension for a Healthier Week
The dread of the oncoming workweek and the dreaded “Sunday Scaries” may ruin an otherwise peaceful day of rest. Integrative cardiologist Dr. Joel K. Kahn says that these nerves may cause adrenaline and cortisol levels to jump, which in turn increases blood pressure and clotting and hence increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Yoga, meditation, and long walks in the park are all great ways to relieve stress and combat the Sunday blues. If you don’t have to hustle on Monday morning, you can give your heart a better start to the week.
As researchers work to determine the cause of the Monday increase in heart attacks, we may take preventative measures to minimize the risk to our cardiovascular systems.
By realizing how our weekend routines and stress levels affect our cardiovascular health, we may make changes for the better by getting more shut-eye, cutting down on excessive indulgences, and seeking refuge in stress-relieving hobbies.
Let’s make daily decisions based on the knowledge that they may have a profound impact on our emotional health.