Researchers compared people who work more than 55 hours weekly to those adhering to the widely accepted 35-40 weekly hours. They estimated a 35% higher risk of stroke and 17% higher risk of death from heart disease in those who worked the longer hours. The study estimated that 745, 194 deaths occurred from ischemic heart disease and stroke in 2016. Unfortunately, the pandemic is likely to worsen these trends. The highest risks for overwork occur in middle-age or older workers. The authors suggested more flexible scheduling and job sharing could help ease this burden.
PositiveTip: No job is worth the risk of stroke or heart disease!