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Working Longer Hours Increases Stroke and Heart Disease

Posted by Wendy White on August 28, 2015

Working Longer Hours Increases Stroke and Heart Disease | Wendy White | HR Insights blog by CareATC, Inc.Employees who work the longest hours are also the most likely to suffer heart attack or stroke.

People who work 55 hours per week are 33% more likely to have a stroke and 13% more likely to develop coronary heart disease, compared to those who work standard 40 hour work weeks.

These statistics were the findings of a large University of London study, which followed 600,000 people for more than seven years.

Researchers took into account all other lifestyle factors, including smoking and alcohol use, general health, and physical activity.

Combining these findings with numerous other studies performed in the US, Europe, and Australia, it is scientifically accepted that 35-40 of work per week is the healthy limit for people in the worldwide workforce.

Read full article at Workplace Savings and Benefits.

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Wendy White

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Wendy White

As the Director of Client and Clinical Services at CareATC, Wendy manages the implementation and ongoing success of our clients' clinic programs. She is also a resident expert on all things CareATC, having been with the company for over 10 years.

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