Vital Exhaustion is Linked to Myocardial Infarction in Men

This is a study that was presented by Dr. Panov ( Institute of Cytology and Genetics, in Novosibirsk, Russia) at the ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2021 Online Congress on March 14, 2021.

The study aim was to determine if heart attacks were occurring in men without prior cardiovascular disease who were suffering from vital exhaustion. Vital exhaustion, which was measured utilizing the Maastricht Vital Exhaustion Questionnaire in data from the World Health Organization MONICA project, is thought to stem from exposure to intractable problems in the individual’s life including prolonged exposure to psychological stressors.

Dr. Panov and colleagues found that over two-thirds of the men studied had suffered from vial exhaustion. Compared to those without vital exhaustion, men with moderate or high levels had a nearly 3-fold greater risk of myocardial infarction within five years, a 2 ¼-fold greater risk within 10 years, and a 2-fold greater risk over 14 years. This risk was higher in widowed, divorced, and never married men than in married men. Dr. Panov believes that the reason for this finding is less social support.