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A study revealed a state of prolonged emotional, physical and mental fatigue associated with potentially deadly heart rhythm disorders. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this type of fatigue is called burnout.
Burnout is a syndrome caused by chronic stress at work that has not been successfully managed. The researchers, including from the University of Southern California USA, said burnout is different from depression, which is generally characterized by low mood, guilt, and poor self-esteem.
Part of the study, published in the European Journal of Preventie Cardiology, scientists surveyed more than 11 thousand middle-aged and older adults to find out fatigue, anger, anti-depressant use and poor social support.
They followed the subject for a period of about 25 years for the development of atrial fibrillation, irregular and rapid heartbeat which can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart complications. According to the research findings, participants with the highest burnout rates were at a 20 percent higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation during the follow-up period, compared with those with little or no evidence of vital fatigue.
According to study co-author Parveen K. Grag of the University of Southern California, Vital fatigue is associated with increased inflammation and increased activation of the body’s physiological stress response.
“When these two things are triggered chronically that can have serious and damaging effects on heart tissue, which then can ultimately lead to the development of these arrhythmias,” said Grag, as reported by Indian Express, Wednesday (1/15).
However, this study did not find an association between anger, the use of antidepressants or poor social support and the development of atrial fibrillation.
“The findings of anger and social support are consistent with previous studies, but two previous studies did find a significant relationship between the use of antidepressants and an increased risk of atrial fibrillation. “Obviously, there is still much work to be done,” said Grag.
While previous studies have shown ink between vital fatigue and heart diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes. The current study reveals fatigue can also increase a person’s risk of having an irregular heartbeat.
“The importance of avoiding fatigue through careful attention and management, as well as personal stress levels is a way to help maintain overall cardiovascular health which cannot be overstated,” said Grag.