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How long working hours could lead to heart disease

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jul 30, 2017, 2:40 pm IST
Updated Jul 30, 2017, 2:40 pm IST
A new study gives you one more reason not to take work home with you.
Study links working too much with heart disease. (Photo: Pexels)
 Study links working too much with heart disease. (Photo: Pexels)

People who work long hours on a regular basis has a higher risk of heart disease, according to a new study.

Researchers discovered that long working hours is linked to atrial fibrillation, the Metro reported. It is a condition which causes the heart to pace abnormally or at an irregular rate. If the condition worsens it can cause a  stroke or even heart failure, the report warned.

 

For the study, the team examined 85,000 people who did not have atrial fibrillation. They found that 1,000 participants developed the condition within 10 years. Those "working more than 55 hours a week" were more likely to develop the condition.

"We showed that employees working long hours were 40% more likely to develop this cardiac arrhythmia than those working standard hours,” the study's team is quoted is saying by the Metro.

Working too much is also linked to depression, anxiety, obesity and excessive alcohol consumption.

Heart disease is becoming a growing issue in India as a recent report revealed that it is striking Indians at an earlier age than before.

Currently, researchers are trying to determine why this condition develops in people working long hours.

The study was published in the journal European Heart Journal.

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