People who work long days are nearly 50 percent more likely to have a stroke, research suggests.
A new study found that employees who juggle every day for at least ten years with a demanding 10-hour work schedule are 45 percent more likely to develop the life-threatening situation.
And with the result that stunned the French researchers, the over-50s were more at risk than their older colleagues.
People who work long days are more likely to have a stroke, according to research (stock)
The study was conducted by the Paris hospital, Versailles, and led by professor Alexis Descatha, of the occupational medicine department.
Britten has been found to have the longest working days from anywhere in Europe.
Full-time employees in the UK work on average 42 hours a week, almost 120 minutes more than the average EU employee.
Uneven shifts, night work and the pressure of a high-pressure job have all been blamed for the health of poor workers.
WHAT IS A BATTLE?
There are two types of strokes:
1. ISCHEMIC BATTLE
An ischemic stroke – which accounts for 80 percent of the strokes – occurs when there is a blockage in a blood vessel that prevents blood from reaching a part of the brain.
2. HEMORRAGIC BATTLE
The rarer a hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts, a part of the brain overflows with blood, and robs other areas with adequate blood supply.
It can be the result of an AVM or arteriovenous malformation (an abnormal cluster of blood vessels) in the brain.
Thirty percent of patients suffering from subarachnoid hemorrhage die before they reach the hospital. Another 25 percent die within 24 hours. And 40 percent of the survivors die within a week.
Age, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, family history and the history of a previous stroke or TIA are all risk factors for stroke.
SYMPTOMS OF A BATTLE
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding
- Sudden problems with seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Of the approximately three out of four people who survive a stroke, many will have a lifelong disability.
This includes difficulty walking, communicating, eating and completing everyday tasks or chores.
Both are potentially fatal and patients need surgery or a drug called tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) within three hours to save them.
To discover how our workday can affect our risk of stroke, the researchers started analyzing the hours of 143,592 French employees in 2012.
Of these volunteers, 42,542 (29 percent) reported having long hours, which was defined as working for more than 10 hours at a time for at least 50 days a year.
About one in ten of the hard grafters of the survey claimed that they had used these hours for at least a decade.
In the next seven years, 1,224 of the volunteers suffered a stroke.
Results – published in the journal Stroke – showed that those who reported that working long hours had a 29 percent greater risk of the life-threatening condition.
And the odds went up to 45 percent for the 14,481 (10 percent) who had done this for a decade or more.
This remained the case even after the researchers had adjusted for other heart-related risk factors or previous strokes.
Surprisingly, the participants, who were between 18 and 69 years old, were more at risk if they were younger.
& # 39; The association between 10-year-long workdays and a stroke seemed stronger for people under 50, & # 39; said Professor Descatha.
& # 39; This was unexpected. Further research is needed to investigate this finding. & # 39;
The scientists are particularly concerned about the well-being of health workers, who are usually forced to undergo long shifts.
& # 39; I would also like to emphasize that many caregivers work much more than the definition of long working hours and may also have a higher risk of stroke, & # 39; said Professor Descatha.
& # 39; As a clinician, I will advise my patients to work more efficiently and intend to follow my own advice. & # 39;
Business owners, CEOs, farmers, professionals and managers are more likely to suffer from the effects of a long working day.
According to French researchers, these employees may have more control over their hours.
A two-year study of more than 85,500 British and Scandinavian employees found that those who worked at least 55 hours a week were 40 percent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation in the next decade than those who had the & # 39; 35 to 40.
Atrial fibrillation is defined as an abnormally fast, irregular heartbeat. The condition affects around one million people in the UK and can lead to stroke, heart failure or even dementia.
A 2015 international study of more than 600,000 people found the risk of stroke increased by a third among those who worked more than 55 hours a week compared to those who maintained the traditional & # 39; 9-to-5 & # 39 ;-day.
And their chance of developing heart disease increased by 13 percent.
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