Long-Hour Office Work

Long-Hour Office Work Risks Heart: Study

In one of the latest studies it is revealed long-hour office culture can be bad for your heart apart from affecting the social life.

Led by Professor Mika Kivimaki from the department of epidemiology at University College, London, the research finds too many work hours in office may risk increase in stroke by about 40 percent compared to those who work below 55 hours a week.

Irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation (AF) develops in such working condition as the natural electrical impulses losses co-ordination with normal regular rhythm of our heart.

The research team adds the sufferers may get palpitations and breathless as well as dizzy feeling.

Palpitations is sensation of a racing or irregular pulse.

The team analyzed data of more than 85,000 middle-aged people from United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Their working patterns were noted in the study.

Details of the study are published in the European Heart Journal. It writes during the initial years no employee had AF, but after about ten years about 12.4 men and women per 1,000 developed the condition.

The figure was higher at 17.6 per 1,000 people for those who worked more than 55 hours a week.

The study adds those who worked for longer hours had higher blood pressure, consumed more alcohol, smoked more and were overweight too.

However, the study had limitations as the participants were not asked about change in working patterns over the period of ten years.

More to this, the study didn’t try to find whether any particular job type was more risky.