Too Many Hours At Work Might Harm The Heart ?

Too Many Hours At Work Might Harm The Heart ?

Too Many Hours At Work Might Harm The Heart ? - 11 Hour Work Days Harm Your Heart, Study ShowsAre you a workaholic who spends long hours working? A new British study suggests that your hard work could actually kill you by increasing the risk of a heart attack.

According to a University College London study, compared with people who work for seven to eight hours daily, those who work for over eleven hours a day have 67 per cent higher risk of experiencing a heart disease.

The study, partially funded by the Medical Research Council of Britain, has been published in the latest edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In the study, researchers relied on the data obtained from a study that tracked the health of over 10,000 British civil service workers since 1985. From the Whitehall II study, the University College of London research team selected 7,095 men and women workers engaged in a full time profession. The subjects did not have a history of heart disease. The researchers took into the account the heart disease risk factors of the participants such as their age, blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol levels and smoking habits. The workload of a subject included the number of hours in an average workday a person worked at office and the work they brought home.

Within eleven years, 192 participants experienced a heart attack. Researchers found that the heart attack rate was higher among subjects who worked eleven or more hours a day.

The findings showed that working for long hours increases the risk of heart disease. Mika Kivimaki, the lead researcher of the study said that this study should be considered as “a wake-up call for people who overwork themselves”.

Cardiovascular illnesses are the leading killer diseases worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year more than 17 million people succumb to heart attacks and strokes worldwide. Billions of dollars are spend each year for treating cardiovascular ailments.

Doctors emphasize primarily on blood pressure, cholesterol level, blood sugar level and smoking habits as the major risk factors of cardiovascular diseases. The recent findings reveal that cardiologists should also take into account the information on the working hours of a patient while determining the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

However, it is unclear whether working for long hours has a direct negative impact on the heart health, or whether they harm the heart by triggering depression, inadequate physical activities, poor eating habits and other factors that increase the risk of cardiovascular illnesses.

But researchers assure workers that they should not be alarmed by the findings. Instead, considering the study as a wake-up call they should focus on different parameters of health that increase the risk of a heart disease.

According to recent studies, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, instead of focusing on a single risk factor, one must emphasis on all the risk factors associated with the disease. To prevent a heart attack, people who work for long hours should control their blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. A healthy lifestyle, nutritious diet, quitting smoking and spending some time in physical activities might bring down the risk of cardiovascular diseases, despite working for long hours.

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