Working long hours increases heart disease risk

Impact on workplace health

  • A study by University College London reported in the journal ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’ found that regularly working more than 11 hours per day, rather than the standard 9 to 5 working day, markedly increases heart disease risk.
  • Running over 25 years, the study tracked 7,000 UK civil servants aged 39 to 62 years of age. Those who worked 11 hours or more per day were found to be 67% more likely to have a heart attack than those who worked standard hours.

Health surveillance is key

The study concluded that the UK’s long working hour’s culture may be a significant contributor to this major workplace health issue and that, if GP’s added working hours to their usual list of heart disease risk questions they might spot 6,000 more of these 125,000 people who suffer heart attacks each year in the UK.

“This should be a warning to all of us who regularly work long hours, especially if we exhibit other heart disease risk behaviours such as smoking or drinking too much; being overweight; not being active enough; or not eating healthily,” says Richard Holmes, Head of Employee Wellbeing.

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This underlines the increasing importance of medical risk management for businesses including health surveillance and why it pays to consult occupational health experts, like Medigold Health, who can provide businesses with a range of medical risk management strategies to help protect and retain members of staff.

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