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Worried that long work days are becoming the norm for you, rather than the exception? Is working too much really so bad for your heart health?
Researchers aren’t ready to say that working long hours causes heart disease. However, there is growing evidence that routinely working much beyond the standard 35-40 hours per week is associated with a higher risk of both coronary heart disease and stroke.
The Lancet published a study in 2015 that described this connection, based on analysis of data on more than 600,000 people from the United States, Europe and Australia. The conclusion: Putting in 55 hours or more per week compared to the standard work week correlates with a 33 percent higher risk of stroke and a 13 percent greater risk of developing coronary heart disease.
“To make things worse, working long hours often leads to other habits that aren’t heart-healthy,” says Joseph Kinder, APRN, an advanced practice nurse with Edward Hospital and Advocate Medical Group, including:
As a medical professional and father of four, Kinder has developed strategies for managing his busy schedule, while protecting his health and peace of mind. Here are his tips:
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