Consistent overtime work may hurt health

May 11, 2010 New results from a long-running study show that people who consistently work three or more hours of overtime have a 60 percent higher risk of heart-related problems.

Those include death due to heart disease, non-fatal heart attacks, and angina.

The report in the European Heart Journal does not provide definitive proof that long hours cause coronary heart disease, but it does show a link.

Working an extra one or two hours beyond a normal seven hour day was not associated with increased risk.

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