Being overworked could make your heart work overtime.
In fact, a large study of more than 11,000 people suggests an association between feeling exhausted and having an irregular heartbeat, which could cause blood clots, stroke, heart attack and other potentially fatal heart complications.
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California wanted to see what effect chronic stress and exhaustion could have on the development of atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF, which is an irregular or trembling heartbeat that they experience between 2.7 million and 6.1 million Americans. . AFib was mentioned in 166,793 death certificates in 2017, according to the CDC, and was the underlying cause of death in 26,077 of those deaths. The estimated economic cost of AFib in the US UU. It ranges between $ 6 and $ 26 billion a year, including medical care and lost productivity.
But the cause of atrial fibrillation is not fully understood, although psychological distress has been suggested as a risk factor. Then, the research team looked for any link between vital exhaustion (the medical term for exhaustion) and AFib. More than 11,000 men and women who did not have AFib were initially studied for 25 years, and the researchers reviewed them five times during that period to assess their anger, exhaustion, social support and use of antidepressants.
And those who reported the highest levels of life exhaustion had a 20% higher risk of developing AFib compared to those with little or no evidence of exhaustion. However, a similar connection was not found between anger, antidepressant use or poor social support and the development of AFib in this study.
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The researchers noted that depletion is associated with inflammation and the activation of the physiological response to body stress. “When these two things are triggered chronically and can have serious and damaging effects on heart tissue, which could lead to the development of this arrhythmia,” wrote lead author Dr. Parveen K. Garg of the University of the South of California in Los Angeles
More study is needed to develop the relationship observed here. But a growing body of research points to burnout as a serious medical problem. The World Health Organization officially recognized exhaustion as a chronic health condition in the International Classification of Diseases last year, describing it as “chronic stress in the workplace that has not been managed successfully.”
A 2018 Gallup survey of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that two-thirds (67%) suffered some form of exhaustion, with 23% feeling exhausted very often or always, and 44% feeling exhausted at times. Unfair treatment at work, unmanageable workloads and unreasonable time pressure were among the five main factors related to burnout.
Part of the problem is that the limits of working life have become blurred now that technology keeps everyone on call 24/7. In fact, more than one in five (22%) workers admitted in a survey conducted in 2019 to 2,000 employees who check their emails in the middle of the night. And more than half (58%) said that one of the first things they do in the morning, while they are still in bed, is to check email. It is not surprising that almost half (48%) of respondents consider themselves “workaholics”, since the average person dedicates four hours of unpaid overtime per week, in addition to spending another four hours just thinking about job.
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And American women in particular are suffering depletion at “epidemic levels,” according to a “Burnout Flashpoint” report commissioned by the Meredith Corporation.
last year. While men and women reported similar levels of exhaustion at work, female employees were much more likely to say they also suffered exhaustion at home. Almost half of the women surveyed (48%) said that their exhaustion keeps them awake at night, and approximately two thirds (63%) report feeling like “I have worked a whole day before arriving at the office” after feeding their families, dressed and out of school in the morning. [In fact, research has found that female breadwinners still end up doing most of the family’s chores.]
Exhaustion not only damages your physical and mental health; It can also influence your financial decisions. For example, after working late, you could look for a taxi, Lyft
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travel home instead of walking or taking public transportation. And if you’re too tired or stressed to cook, you can order food to take to GrubHub
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or DoorDash. Does this scenario sound familiar?
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The final results of the employers may also suffer, since Gallup discovered that employees who say that very often or always experience exhaustion are 63% more likely to take a sick day, 23% more likely to visit a Emergency room and are almost three times more likely to leave their current employer. In fact, almost half (46%) of the human resources leaders surveyed by Kronos said that employee exhaustion causes up to 50% of their annual turnover.