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Work hours assessment could inform cardiac risk

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A patient’s average working hours should be included in assessments of cardiovascular risk by primary care clinicians, according to UK researchers.

A University College London study found people who worked an 11-hour day were 67% more likely to have heart disease than those who worked seven or eight hours.

The researchers followed 7,095 civil servants aged between 39 and 62 for 11 years.

During the study 192 participants suffered a cardiac arrest, with people working a minimum of 11 hours a day found to be at greatest risk.

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  • Absolutely agree with this. Working patterns as well as working hours should be included, as they all play a role.

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