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More Heart Attacks Occur in the Morning

May 16, 2011

WebMD.com recently reported that, “The most common time of day for heart attacks is the morning, and now new research suggests that morning heart attacks are also the most serious.”

The article goes on to explain that:

Morning heart attack is more severe“It is not entirely clear why heart attacks are more common in the morning hours, but a recent study from Harvard Medical School suggests that [while] elevated blood pressure … is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke …study participants actually had their lowest blood pressure readings of the day in the late morning hours. [R]esearch suggests that fluctuations in hormones receptors that bind adrenaline over the course of the day may explain the circadian influence on heart attacks.”

They’re looking at the way the body processes chemicals throughout the cycle of a day, but doesn’t it seem obvious that there is also more stress in the morning than at night? 

Self Magazine (via MSNBC) suggested some stress reduction techniques that might ease the pressure from the job, and potentially save your life.  They also cite further research like:

  • Women with a demanding profession have up to a 56 percent higher risk for heart disease than those with less strain, a study from Harvard University reveals.
  • The fewer getaways women take, the more stress and depression (two big-time heart saboteurs) escalate, according to research from the Marshfield Clinic.
  • Sitting for six or more hours a day can raise your risk of heart disease by 34 percent, regardless of how much you exercise, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology reveals. People who took the most breaks from their chair had a smaller waist, lower body-mass index and healthier triglyceride and blood-glucose levels—in other words, fewer heart disease risk factors. 
  • Working overtime consistently makes your heart disease risk jump 56 percent, European Heart Journal finds.

Be good to your heart and it’ll be good to you!