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Working long hours ‘increases stroke risk’

Risk is 45% higher among people who work long hours for 10 years

Working long hours can increase someone’s risk of having a stroke, researchers have warned. 

The study found people who worked more than 10 hours a day for at least 50 days per year had a 29% increased risk of stroke compared to those who worked fewer hours.

The risk increased by 45% if they worked long hours for a period of 10 years or more.

For the study, researchers reviewed data from a survey involving 143,592 participants. They found the association between 10 years of long work hours and stroke seemed stronger in people under the age of 50.

Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), told HuffPost UK the findings might sound alarming to people who regularly work 10 hours or more in a day, and for many days of the year. 

“However, it is important to note that this type of observational study can only show an association, rather than prove cause and effect,” she added.