Working Too Much is Bad for Your Heart

According to a study just published in the European Heart Journal, working 3 to 4 extra hours a day is associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD).

More than 6,000 British government workers aged 39-61 with no evidence of heart disease at baseline were followed for an average of 11 years.  The outcome measures were fatal CHD, clinically verified non-fatal myocardial infarction or confirmed angina.

After adjustment for lifestyle, conventional cardiac risk factors, and other potential confounders, participants who worked 3 to 4 hours of overtime a day, beyond the standard 7–8 hours/day, faced a 60% increase in risk for CHD, compared with those who didn’t work any overtime.

Those who worked overtime for 1–2 hours/day did not show increased risk.

Word on Health would love to tell you more but our hearts are telling us it’s time to go!