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Study: Longer work hours increase heart disease risk

Residency Program Insider, March 11, 2016

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As the debate over allowing residents to work longer shifts continues, a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that working more hours may lead to higher risk for heart disease.

Researchers tracked the health and work history of nearly 2,000 men and women from 1986 to 2011 and found that about 800 were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. They found that there was a 1% increase in the risk for heart disease for each additional hour of work per week over 10 years, after adjusting for age, income, sex, and other factors. Compared to working 45 hours a week, working 75 or more hours doubled the risk of cardiovascular problems, such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, and heart attack.

Source: The New York Times



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