The health implications of working long hours have been revealed in a major study. It was found that those who work longer hours are more at risk of stroke, and the longer they work, the higher the risk.
The study is the largest carried out on the issue and took place across three continents. Led by scientists at University College London, it was found that those who work 55 hours plus a week, had a 33% increased risk of stroke compared to those who work an average 35-40 hour week. Working longer hours was also found to increase risk of coronary disease by 13%.
The findings have been published in the Lancet medical journal. Researchers pointed out that the results of the study cannot state that long working hours causes stroke, just that there is a link and that this link gets stronger the more hours are worked.
“Sudden death from overwork is often caused by stroke and is believed to result from a repetitive triggering of the stress...