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Nurse Health: Working Long Hours Can Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 7th, 2016

A new study, especially applicable to nurse health, suggests that working long hours may actually increase your risk of heart disease.

nurse health heart diseaseWhen researchers analyzed data from nearly 2000 people in a long-term study of work, they found that 43 % had been diagnosed with a problem related to cardiovascular disease , such as angina, coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart attack, high blood pressure or stroke.

Among full-time employees, the risk rose 1 % for each additional hour worked per week over 10 years or more.

Starting at 46 hours, additional work hours increased the risk of heart disease even more. Compared to those who averaged 45 hours a week for 10 years or more, the risk of heart disease was 16 % higher among those who worked 55 hours a week and 35 % for those who worked 60 hours a week.

The findings did not apply to part-time workers.

“This study provides specific evidence on long work hours and an increase [in] the risk of CVD, thereby providing a foundation for CVD prevention efforts focused on work schedule practices, which may reduce the risk of CVD for millions of working Americans,” study author Sadie Conway, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, said in a journal news release.

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