Working Overtime Increases Heart Risk, Study Finds

overtime shiftInformation for this post was taken from an article by BBC News. For the full article click here.

Regularly working 10-hour days can increase your risk of heart disease by almost two thirds! People who work three to four hours of overtime a day have a 60% higher risk of developing a heart disease than those who work regular hours.

The number of hours spent working overtime seems to be linked to cases involving heart disease. There could be numerous explanations for these connections of heart disease and those who work long hours, including:

  • Those who work more have less time to relax or exercise
  • There is a tendency to be more stressed or anxious
  • They are likely to have a “Type A” personality, which is someone who is driven, but also aggressive or irritable
  • They will still go to work despite being sick

If you believe your work life may be affecting your heart health, you can do simple things to reduce your risks, such as take a walk at lunch, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables instead of dessert. These simple steps can help you manage your heart health and maintain a balance in your life.

Dr John Challenor, from the Society of Occupational Medicine, said,

Employers and patients need to be aware of all of the risk factors for coronary heart disease and should consider overtime as one factor that may lead to a number of medical conditions.”

If you believe you are at risk for coronary heart disease or should see a doctor about risk factors, visit Sherman’s Heart and Vascular Center.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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