Risk of irregular heart beat increases by 40%
Working long hours can lead to heart problems, a study has claimed.
Researchers found people who work more than 55 hours a week have a 40% higher chance of developing an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation (AF), than those who work shorter hours.
AF increases the chance of having a stroke five-fold.
The research team, led by Professor Mika Kivimaki from the department of epidemiology at University College London, analysed data on the working patterns of 85,494 mainly middle-aged men and women drawn from the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
Participants were put into groups according to their work pattern, with 35-40 hours a week regarded as the control group.
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