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Long working hours increase risk of heart disease

Published on 12/05/2010
Working too much overtime can dramatically increase a person's risk of developing heart disease, a study has found.

Researchers learned that those who stay at work an extra three to four hours a day, and in doing so take their typical working day to around ten to 11 hours, are 60 per cent more likely to suffer from a heart condition.

The study was based on monitoring 6,000 British civil servants between the ages of 39 and 61 over a period of 11 years and published online in the European Heart Journal.

A number of possible reasons for the link between heart disease and working hours were put forward, including stress and a lack of time for exercise.

Commenting on the researchers' findings, Cathy Ross, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, which part-funded the research, said that the subject needed further investigation.

"Although the researchers showed a link between working more than three hours overtime every day and heart problems, the reasons for the increased risk weren't clear," she said.

The news follows a recently published study that found women over the age of 50 in stressful jobs are 35 per cent more likely to develop a heart disease.
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