How Monday Morning Stress Affects Your Heart

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Written by: Katherine Elphick

According to a New York Times article published back in March 2006, “In several studies of various populations over the years, scientists have found that deaths from heart attacks follow a pattern. They occur at the lowest rates on weekends, jump significantly on Mondays, then drop again on Tuesdays.”
As it turns out, when we encounter stress, a hormone called cortisol releases causing plaque from an over production of cholesterol to rupture and break free. A deadly combination of this hormone, a rise in blood pressure, and an increased heart rate can cause the plaque to block the flow of blood, inciting a heart attack.
For this reason alone, it’s important to consider taking steps to reduce Monday morning stress like meditation, exercise, laughter, or quality time with a friend or family member.