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September 20, 2022

Could depression and anger increase the risk of afib?

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A review article that appeared on September 1, 2022 in the International Journal of Cardiology suggested that psychological problems like anger, worry, sadness, and work stress may increase the risk of having the heart rhythm disease known as atrial fibrillation (afib).

The researchers analysed 13 studies with a combined participant population of more than 5.3 million participants. They discovered that the two most prevalent mental illnesses, anxiety and depression, were linked to an increased risk of afib by 25% and 10%, respectively. Anger was associated with a 15% increase in risk of Afib and significant work stress with an 18% increase in risk.

Blood levels of inflammatory biomarkers and stress hormones are typically greater in those with depression and anxiety. According to the authors of the study, both may lead to changes in the electrical activity and structure of the heart, which may result in afib.

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