A new study carried out on half a million people suggest chances of stroke increases with long working hours.
A new study about working hours and stroke has been published. The study was published in the Lancet medical journal. The data in the study suggests people with long working hours are more prone to stroke.
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The study was carried out on more than a half a million i.e. 500,000 individuals. The subjects were taken from US, Europe and Australia. The data collected indicates stroke chances increases as work hour’s increase. Especially when the working hours are for more than the traditional 9am to 5 pm.
The link between stroke and working hours is not solid. But the theories include a stressful job and impact on lifestyle. The study data suggests working for more than 48 hours a week increases the risk of stroke by 10%. Working for more than 54 hours increase stroke risk by 27%. While 55 hours increases it to 33%.
The research was led by Dr Mika Kivimaki, from University College London. According to Dr. Kivimaki there were only 5 stroke cases in 1000 individual working for 35-40 hours per week. The lead researcher did admit establishing a relationship between the factors is very early.
But employees working more hours should take care of their blood pressure. People need to be more careful about their health and lifestyle. Dr Shamim Quadir of the Stroke Association also advices regular blood pressure check-ups. Long working hours involve sitting for long periods of time which leads to stress.
The study published in medical journal The Lancet.