Overworked 24-Year-Old Died From Heart Attack

When people say, “This job is killing me,” in the case of a young advertising agency employee it may very well be true.

According to several sources, 24-year-old Li Yuan suffered a heart attack due to the overwhelming number of hours and stress he endured with his job. Leading up to his death, Yuan had been working a significant amount of overtime each day at the Ogilvy & Mather China offices in Beijing, reports MSN.

On Monday, 5 pm local time, witnesses’ state Yuan suddenly cried out and collapsed while at work. His colleagues called for emergency services and he was rushed to Peking Union Medical College for treatment. Unfortunately, Yuan died, having suffered from cardiac arrest.

Several people suspect Yuan’s unexpected, premature death was due to work exhaustion, causing the myocardial infarction. Which, based on a report mentioned in the China Youth Daily, is not uncommon given nearly 600,000 employees in China die on average from being overworked – suffering strokes and heart attacks that stem from copious amounts of anxiety.

The Inquisitr previously reported on a study, which indicated there was strong evidence to suggest that occupational burnout can contribute to coronary heart disease, or at the very least negatively impact overall cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease refers to any disease that affects the cardiovascular system, and is the leading cause of deaths worldwide.

Cardiac, vascular, and peripheral arterial diseases are types of cardiovascular diseases. Atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries typically from accumulated cholesterol) and hypertension (high blood pressure) are the most common causes – either of which can be attributed to stress, diet, and genetics.

Heart attacks results from the partial interruption of blood supply to a part of the heart muscle. This is most commonly due to an occlusion of a coronary artery following the accumulation of atherosclerotic plaque. The resulting ischemia (restriction in blood supply) and ensuing oxygen shortage, if left untreated for a sufficient period of time, can cause damage or death of heart muscle tissue.

Heart attacks are rare but not impossible among younger individuals. Risk factors can include smoking and tobacco use, a comorbidity of other diseases, use of oral birth control, obesity, lack of physical activity, excessive alcohol use, abnormal lipoproteins present in the blood, genetics, and stress.

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