Burnout: threat to the heart

Munich (The-Health-Site.com) - Burnout not only stresses the soul, but also increases the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) dramatically. There were plaques in the coronary vessels that could cause chest tightness and heart attacks, according to Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Management.

Burnout: threat to the heart

Munich (The-Health-Site.com) - Burnout not only stresses the soul, but also increases the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) dramatically. There were plaques in the coronary vessels that could cause chest tightness and heart attacks, according to Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Management.

Results "alarming"

Participants in the study were 8838 healthy workers (men and women) aged 19 to 67 years. Her health was monitored for almost three and a half years. Each subject was screened for burnout and signs of diseased coronary heart disease (CHD). The researchers also controlled risk factors such as age, gender, family heart disease or smoking.

A total of 93 persons were identified with a CHD. Burnout was associated with a 40 percent higher risk of developing a CHD. But those 20 percent of those with the highest burnout scores even have a 79 percent higher risk of clogged coronary arteries. The results are "alarming" and much more dramatic than expected, says the study lead dr. Sharon Toker. If the subjects were followed for an even longer period, the results would probably be even more extreme, Toker said.

Burnout dangerous to the heart

Burnout is thus a stronger risk factor for CHD than many classic factors such as smoking, elevated blood lipid levels or lack of exercise. The results of the study are interesting for prevention, the researchers say. Patients suffering from burnout should also be screened for signs of CHD.

Burnout is a state of physical, emotional and emotional exhaustion caused by stress, high workload, lack of job control, lack of emotional support and long hours. Previous studies have shown that burnout is associated with obesity, insomnia and anxiety disorders. (in the)

Source: Toker, S. et al., "Burnout and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: A Prospective Study of 8838 Employees," Psychosomatic Medicine, 2012;

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