Working Overtime? Your Heart May Pay The Price

A recent study has indicated that all work and no play doesn’t just make Jack a dull boy, it also puts Jack at risk of heart attacks, according to the LA Times! According to a study from the European Heart Journal, those that work very long hours are at increased risk of angina, nonfatal heart attacks and even other heart related conditions that result in death.

If you are the sort that works three hours or more beyond the usual 7 hour work day, then you are more at risk according to the study that tracked 10,000 Londoners, their health and their work schedules since 1985.

According to researchers at Marianna Virtanen of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and University College London, it is possible that personality type had something to do with it.

Those that displayed tendencies of overworking tended to be Type A personalities; more prone to anxiety, depression and heart disease.

The question to ask would be does overworking make them more anxious, depressed, sleep deprived and therefore causes the heart problems? Also is it that they were lonely and therefore tended to work harder? Could it also be that workaholics would rather work than take rest at home which impacts health negatively? There could be several contributors to heart disease here.