New study says burnout may lead to irregular heartbeat

The study shows people who are exhausted and under stress may be at higher risk for heart abnormalities down the line. Dr. Jennifer Ashton breaks down the findings.
1:24 | 01/15/20

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We turn to a "Gma" health alert. That big headline we first saw in "The Wall Street journal," rates of Americans dying from heart disease and strokes are rising in middle age. Dr. Jen Ashton is here to break it down. I mean we're talking about people in their 30s. That's right, robin. Talking about all kinds of heart disease, high blood pressure, irregular heartrate. Heart attack and stroke as we said. In this age group, 30s, 40s, 50s and there's interesting geographical difference, robin. In previously what we consider to be healthy environments look at these, Colorado, one of the healthiest states death rates rose almost 25% and not just Colorado all over the country we're seeing an increase in this age group, 40s to 60s so it's a reminder the number one killer of men and women is not just about the elderly. It's not just lifestyle either. It's high stress, irregular heartbeats leading to long-term effects. Another interesting study, Michael, just out in the European journal of preventive cardiology showed that stress, it's something called vital exhaustion which includes excessive fatigue, feelings of demoralization and increased irritability all associated with an increase risk of a particular type of heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation which can be serious. It's about connecting mind and body, fitness, lifestyle and stress. All of it. Yep, completely. The whole body. Get the whole body together. All right. Thank you so much for that, doc.

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