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Overtime is bad for the heart

11 May 2010

Working overtime is bad for the heart according to results from a long-running study following more than 10,000 civil servants in London (UK): the Whitehall II study. The research, which is published online today (Tuesday 11 May) in the European Heart Journal, found that, compared with people who did not work overtime, people who worked three or more hours longer than a normal, seven-hour day had a 60% higher risk of heart-related problems such as death due to heart disease, non-fatal heart attacks and angina.

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Published in European Heart Journal, Advance Access, 11 May 2010.

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