Deaths from heart disease in Scotland peak on Monday, and they may be caused by increased weekend drinking, said researchers at the National Health Service and the University of Glasgow in a recent issue of the British Medical Journal (2000;320:218–219).
The researchers studied deaths from coronary heart disease in Scotland between 1986 and 1995. During this period, 91 193 men and 79 051 women died of the disease, according to the authors. The researchers found that excess deaths occurred on Monday for men and women. The statistical significance of the data was particularly strong in those who had not been previously admitted to the hospital with heart problems and among those who died outside the hospital.
Although researchers said that the excess death rate may be partly attributable to weekend drinking, they also noted that issues such as work-related stress might also play a role.
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