ASK OUR EXPERTS

Choose Topic
Using 0 of 1024 Possible characters
Home »  Heart »  Working For Long Hours Can Affect Your Heart

Working For Long Hours Can Affect Your Heart

A study has found that working for more than the specified hours can increase risk of atrial fibrillation by more than 40 percent.

Working For Long Hours Can Affect Your Heart

Working for long hours can increase risk of atrial fibrillation according to a study

Do you work for long hours? Beware as it may increase the risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm - known as atrial fibrillation - as well as contribute to the development of stroke and heart failure, according to a study.

The findings showed that, compared to people who worked a normal week of between 35-40 hours, those who worked 55 hours or more were approximately 40 per cent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.

"A 40 per cent increased extra risk is an important hazard for people who already have a high overall risk of cardiovascular disease due to other risk factors such as older age, male sex, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, smoking and physical inactivity or living with an established cardiovascular disease," said Mika Kivimaki, Professor at the University College London.

"This could be one of the mechanisms that explain the previously observed increased risk of stroke among those working long hours. Atrial fibrillation is known to contribute to the development of stroke, but also other adverse health outcomes such as heart failure and stroke-related dementia," Kivimaki added.

For the study, published in the European Heart Journal, the team analysed data from 85,494 men and women from the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Finland who took part in one of eight studies in these countries.

During the ten-year follow-up period, there were 1,061 new cases of atrial fibrillation.

This gave an incidence rate of 12.4 per 1,000 people in the study, but among the 4,484 people working 55 hours or more, the incidence was 17.6 per 1,000.

Also read:  3 Super Easy Tips To Reduce Your Cholesterol Levels



Atrial fibrillation work hours heart health
Was this Article Helpful Yes or No

................... Advertisement ...................

Q&A

ASK OUR EXPERTS

Using 0 of 1024 Possible characters
Choose Topic

Latest stories

Why Are Some Women More Prone To Depression

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:06:56 IST
Fluctuations in hormones due to the menstrual cycle and or an earlier menopause makes women more prone to the risk of depression, according to a new study.

Indian Origin Boy Becomes UK's Youngest Doctor

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:24:30 IST
Arpan Doshi, an Indian-origin doctor has broken all previous records, as he is set to become the UK's youngest physician.

Here's Why You Shouldn't Take Antidepressants During Pregnancy?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:06:49 IST
Mothers who opted for anti-depressants during their pregnancy may have put their children at a risk of autism according to a new study.

Patient Plays Guitar As Doctors Operate On His Brain

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:58:34 IST
Musician's dystonia is a neurological disorder, caused by the brain sending false information to muscles causing the affected parts of the body to twist into abnormal postures.

Our Top 5 Home Remedies For Curing Arthritis

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:02:42 IST
Arthritis is a very unpleasant condition which causes severe pain, almost unbearable at times. But with a little help from natural products you can beat it.