Heart disease risk higher with long hours spent at the office

heart disease risk higher with long hours spent at the office

If you spend countless hours at the office, your risk of heart disease is higher. Researchers analyzed over 1,900 individuals and found that 43 percent had been diagnosed with a cardiovascular-related problem. The risk among full-time workers increased one percent for every additional hour of work they did over 10 years of work.


Baseline work hours were considered 46 hours a week and every additional hour resulted in an increased risk of heart disease. Compared to those who worked 45 hours a week for 10 years, those who worked 55 hours had 16 percent higher risk of heart disease, and 34 percent higher risk in those who worked 60 hours.

The study only focused on full-time workers and did not include part-time workers, so it is unclear if the results would be the same.

Study author Sadie Conway concluded, “This study provides specific evidence on long work hours and an increase [in] the risk of CVD, thereby providing a foundation for CVD prevention efforts focused on work schedule practices, which may reduce the risk of CVD for millions of working Americans.”


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Devon Andre has been involved in the health and dietary supplement industry for a number of years. Devon has written extensively for Bel Marra Health. He has a Bachelor of Forensic Science from the University of Windsor, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon is keenly aware of trends and new developments in the area of health and wellness. He embraces an active lifestyle combining diet, exercise and healthy choices. By working to inform readers of the options available to them, he hopes to improve their health and quality of life.