People working long hours for 10 years or more could have a 45 per cent greater risk of stroke, suggests new research published in Stroke.
Researchers examined data on 143,592 people from the French population-based study cohort, CONSTANCES. Long work hours were defined as working more than 10 hours daily for at least 50 days per year. Cardiovascular risk factors and previous stroke occurrences were noted from separate medical interviews.
Overall, 1,224 of the participants suffered strokes. The study found participants working long hours had a 29 per cent greater risk of stroke, and those working long hours for 10 years or more had a 45 per cent greater risk of stroke. The association showed no differences between men and women but was stronger in white-collar workers under 50 years of age.
“Many healthcare providers work much more than the definition of long working hours and may also be at higher risk of stroke,” said study author Alexis Descatha, a researcher at Paris Hospital, Versailles and Angers University and at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. “As a clinician, I will advise my patients to work more efficiently and plan to follow my own advice.”