Working overtime increases heart risk, a study finds
A study found staff who clock up 10 or 11 hours a day are up to 60 percent more likely to die and suffer heart disease than lazier work-mates.

Researchers who tracked 10,000 UK civil servants aged between 39 and 61 over 11 years, found overtime junkies were more likely to heart attacks and angina – even when factors such as age, weight and smoking were included.

The increased risk was linked to working between 3 and 4 hours extra on top of a normal 7-hour day – but not 1 to 2 hours. Lead researcher Dr Marianna Virtanen, from University College London, said: “Our findings suggest a link between working long hours and increased coronary heart disease risk, but more research is needed.”

Experts said the findings highlighted the importance of work-life balance.

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