Well research published by University College London this week suggests workers who work longer than 11 hours a day have a 67% greater chance of heart disease, thus raising the risk of heart attacks. Maybe it’s time to seriously address that work/life balance?
The study seems fairly sizeable, around 7,095 workers from the UK civil service were included, all had healthy hearts when the study began in 1985. The researchers looked at every aspect of life including smoking, drinking, exercise, blood pressure, etc to try to get a picture of the most common elements that affect heart disease.
Professor Kivimäki who led the research said:
“We have shown that working long days is associated with a remarkable increase in risk of heart disease. Considering that including a measurement of working hours in a GP interview is so simple and useful, our research presents a strong case that it should become standard practice. This new information should help improve decisions regarding medication for heart disease. It could also be a wake-up call for people who overwork themselves, especially if they already have other risk factors.”
So next time you’re still in the office at 7pm, trundling towards the vending machine for more coffee or chocolate to keep you going, just think about your heart!
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