BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh

 You are in: Health
Front Page 
UK Politics 
Background Briefings 
Medical notes 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

Thursday, 20 January, 2000, 23:56 GMT
Mondays 'bring heart attacks'
Surgical Staff
Hearts attacks 'more likely to happen on a Monday'
Weekend booze binges and the stresses of going back to work could be contributing to a higher rate of heart attacks on a Monday, according to research.

A 10-year study carried out in Scotland suggested that up to 20% more people die from heart attacks on a Monday than any other day.

Experts have now called for more investigation into the links between excessive drinking and coronary heart disease.
An oxygen bottle
The researchers are calling for further study
A report in the British Medical Journal also suggested the stresses of returning to work after a weekend's socialising could also be to blame for the number of Monday heart attacks.

Almost 80,000 men and women who died of heart disease in Scotland were studied between 1986 and 1995, and it was found the mortality rate peaked on Mondays.

Deaths of women under 50 with no previous history of heart disease rose by a fifth on Mondays compared to the daily average.

'Important implications'

And among men under 50 with no earlier heart trouble, there was a 19% excess on the first day of the working week.

In contrast, the researchers found the lowest number of heart-related fatalities on a Tuesday.
Heart rate monitor
Work related stress is a potential trigger
Report author Dr Christine Evans said: "The Monday peak in deaths from coronary heart disease in Scotland may be partly attributable to increased drinking at the weekend, although other mechanisms, such as work-related stress, may be important.

"The possible link between binge drinking and deaths from coronary heart disease has potentially important public health implications and merits further investigation."

Deaths of people with previous admissions for heart disease showed no significant increase on Mondays.


This was attributed to people with heart disease being more likely to recognise warning signs over the weekend and going to a hospital if necessary.

The researchers also suggested people with a history of heart disease were probably on medication which regularised their condition.

Weekend partying also meant a massive rise in the number of people taken to casualty departments suffering from over-indulgence.

The study found that 64% more people were admitted to casualty suffering from the effects of alcohol on a Saturday than the daily average.

BBC Scotland's Bob Dickson reports
"Researchers found a higher incidence of heart attacks on Mondays"
Links to more Health stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Health stories