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Working Overtime Adds to Heart Risk for Out-of-Shape Men
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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Out-of-shape men who work long hours more than double their risk of dying from heart disease compared to non-fit men working fewer hours, researchers report.
The study also found that when men are fit, working long hours doesn't boost heart risk at all.
The new study included 5,000 Danish men, aged 40 to 59 years, who worked at 14 different companies. Their fitness levels were assessed at the start of the study and they were followed-up for more than 30 years. During that time, 587 (about 12%) of the men died as result of narrowed and hardened arteries (also known as ischemic heart disease).
The study, released online Sept. 6 in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the journal Heart, also found the following:
"The finding that working more than 45 hours a week is associated with more than a doubled risk of [death from heart disease] among men with low physical fitness, and not among men with moderate or high physical fitness, is a new observation," Andreas Holtermann, of the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, and colleagues said in a news release from the journal's publisher.
"If the relationship is causal, it obviously has major implications for the prevention of heart disease," they added.
-- Robert Preidt
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SOURCE: Heart, news release, Sept. 6, 2010
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