A new study shows that working long hours can increase your risk of stroke and heart disease. Dr. Pierre Fayad is the director of the Nebraska Stroke Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Neurological Sciences and says this study shed light on how increased stress can impact the risk of stroke.
The study shows that those who work 55 hours a week or more increase the risk of having a stroke by 33% and increase the risk of heart disease by 15%.
Dr. Fayad says working more hours could increase alcohol consumption, increase tobacco use, cause more stress and reduce the amount of needed exercise. That could be associated with the increased risk of stroke but more research will need to be done.