Researchers suggest that working long hours can lead to stroke and heart disease.
It is believed that spending just one extra hour at the office each day can increase a person’s risk of suffering a stroke by 10% over the next eight and a half years of their life. The risk of stroke is increased by a third in those people who work 55 hours per week.
Working long hours is also believed to be linked to a higher risk of developing heart disease later in life.
It seems that long hours are stressful and generate some biological changes in the human body leading to deadly conditions in the long run.
In Britain, heart surgeons are one of the most hardworking groups of people, spending an estimated average of 61.5 hours at work. A professor of epidemiology from the University College of London, Mika Kivimäki, suggests that health professionals should take into consideration the fact that hard work is closely linked to a higher risk of stroke and heart disease.
Specialists advise doctors to take those risks into consideration when dealing with patients who work hard and spend too much time at the office.
Researchers drew their conclusions based on 25 studies regarding these risks. 600,000 people from the United States, Australia and Europe took part in the studies and were closely followed for approximately eight and a half years.
A higher risk of stroke and heart disease was linked to working long hours, regardless of a person’s bad habits like drinking, smoking and not moving enough. Still, those factors were taken into consideration because this type of lifestyle is often found in people who have stressful jobs.
Specialists have also noticed that the risks increase gradually if a person works longer. This means that the risk of stroke grows by 10% for people who work 41 to 48 hours a week, compared to people who only work the standard amount of hours.
People who spend 49 to 54 hours at the office each week have the risk of stroke increased by 27%. The risk is even higher for those who work 55 hours or more, being increased by 33%.
Even though this study made researchers believe that there could be a link between long hours and a high risk of stroke or other heart conditions, health experts believe that the risk could also be linked to the stress that comes with hard work.
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