According to the latest research, working long hours is linked to an increased risk of Cardiovascular disease. The study was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Texas. The researchers have been looking at data gathered from 1,900 people. The study was a long-term one, conducted in several years.

43 percent of long hour working people had been diagnosed with a problem related to cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as angina, coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart attack, high blood pressure or stroke
In order to reach the findings, the researchers evaluated the data of more than 1,900 people which was taken from a long-term research on work. The researchers, after observation, found out that almost 43% of those participants had been diagnosed with issues related to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) like coronary artery disease, angina, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure.

The researchers also noted that the risk of heart diseases increased for full-time employees by almost 1% for every additional hour they worked per week over the period of 10 years or more than that. The findings of the study did not apply to part-time workers.

The researchers said that beginning from 46 hours, additional work hours after that increased the chances of developing heart disease all the more. It was found out that the risk of developing heart diseases was almost 16% higher in those employees who worked for 55 hours a week for ten years in comparison to those people whose average work hours per week was 45 for 10 years to more. The risk of heart disease was highest amount to almost 35% in those who worked for 60 hours a week.

It is recommended that people adjust their working schedules in such ways that they do not exceed working hours every week for ten years as this will definitely make them more prone to developing a cardiovascular disease.

The reasons people work so much are various. Some of them have more than one job to earn more money. Other receive bonuses for working extra hours, while others can’t manage their work load in time which leads to several extra hours spent at the office. Furthermore, there are also the people, who, although leave the office after finishing their shift, they go on working from home.

The study findings show that people who worked 60 hours every week for 10 years or more are 35 percent more at risk of developing Cardiovascular disease compared to those who work for an average of 45 hours every week for 10 years or more. People who worked 55 hours every week for 10 years or more are 16 percent more likely to develop Cardiovascular diseasecompared to those who average 45 hours of work every week. “The findings did not apply to part-time workers, according to the study in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine,” UPI explained.

Aside from avoiding long work hours, there are other ways to lower Cardiovascular disease risk. Exercising regularly, proper management of stress, eating a healthy diet and avoiding smoking are some of the most effective ways to reduce stroke and heart disease risk, according to Sarver Heart Center.


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