With the employment market as it is, those of us with jobs are clinging on to them even it equates to us being eager workers, willing to work endless unpaid overtime. But outside of your career progression and appearing dedicated to your boss have you considered what impact working a 12-hour day can have? A study from University College London found people who spend longer than 11 hours at work increase their chances of having a heart attack by two thirds.
The researchers assessed over 7,000 civil servants over a period of 11 years, monitoring the average hours they worked each day. They also collated information on participant’s heart health. After this period, 192 people suffered a heart attack. The study found that those who worked more than 11 hours a day were 67% more likely to have a heart attack than those who worked a typical nine-to-five job. It’s also hoped the findings, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine will prevent heart attacks in the future. Following the study, GPs are advised to ask patients what hours they work as well as how much they drink or smoke.