Burn-out: the feeling of deep exhaustion, negativity, and a significant reduction in productivity and efficiency. Although it can relate to several stressors, burn-out is often associated with workplace stress.
Recently, the World Health Organization included burn-out in its international classification of diseases, and defined it as an “occupational phenomenon” that stems from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. According to the American Institute of Stress, 80% of workers feel stress on the job, while almost half say they need help with stress management. An additional study revealed that 75% of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress, compared to the previous generation. While stress and burn-out could be detrimental to your well-being, we’re now seeing that it could take a significant toll on one’s heart health.
Link between burn-out and irregular heartbeats
A 25-year study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology recently revealed a connection between burn-out and atrial fibrillation. In this study, over 11,000 men and women (all without atrial fibrillation) were analyzed five different times. During these check-ins, researchers studied each individual’s anger, vital exhaustion, social relationships, and antidepressant use. Overall, the participants with the highest levels of exhaustion had a 20% greater risk of developing an irregular heartbeat.
While there is a connection between mental stress and physical health, recent research has revealed that burn-out is a larger issue than many might think. When it comes to heart disease risks, awareness is imperative. While stress is something most of us experience, we must find a better way to manage it. The more aware we are, the more we can try to help each other. Whether it’s exercising, finding a new hobby, or talking to a loved one or professional, implementing change could certainly be a good thing. After all, we only have one heart.
– Team at BIOLIFE4D