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Avoiding Chest Compressions – Burn-out & Your Heart

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Keeping your heart healthy

Burnout

Burnout can literally burn out your heart. As the days get shorter and the weather gets bitter & cold, it seems that it’s easier to feel tired and lazy. On top of this, social media seems to glamorize the ever-hard-working person who never takes a day off and a break is a sign of weakness. This can make us feel like we’re not doing enough, that we should also be putting in the extra hours until we’re zombified. Trust us, we know how it feels. Truth is, this just isn’t healthy nor does it lead to a better lifestyle. We think that it is so important to create awareness about burnout, especially due to the implications it has on your hearts health.

 

Indicators 

Feeling a state of mental and physical exhaustion is a clear indicator of burnout. The European Journal of Preventative Cardiology released a study in 2020 stating how vital exhaustion (burnout) leads to atrial fibrillation which is a deadly condition leading to blood clots in the heart.1 “A 2019 study published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology found that increased instances of burnout can lead to a potentially deadly irregular heart rhythm known as Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, which can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.” (Forbes, 2019)2

 

What to do?

Since burnout is so detrimental to our health, it is imperative that we take steps to prevent damaging our heart. Overworking ourselves is not worth having a cardiovascular disease. The best we can do, is to put our health first in order to prevent being on the receiving end of a chest compression. CPR can save your life, but let’s avoid getting to that point. 


Healthline goes into great detail in this article about burnout with more indicators and tips on how to put your health first.

 


Sources

  1. https://academic.oup.com/eurjpc/article/28/6/633/6280825 
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/claryestes/2020/01/19/burnout-can-hurt-your-heart-literally/?sh=91caed2711a5