A recent study by the American Heart Association tested the blood pressure from employees who worked 49-plus hours on the job weekly compared with that of those who worked fewer than 35 hours a week. The results suggest a bigger problem of hypertension than expected.
A recent study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension analyzed data from over 3,5000 white-collar employees at three public institutions in Quebec, Canada, according to Science Daily. The study compared the blood pressure from employees who worked 49 or more hours a week with those who worked 35 hours or fewer.
Researchers found the following results:
- Working 49 or more hours was linked to 70 percent greater likelihood of having masked hypertension and 66 percent greater likelihood of having sustained hypertension-elevated blood pressure readings in and out of a clinical setting
- Working between 41 and 48 hours each week was linked to a 54 percent greater likelihood of having masked hypertension and a 42 percent greater likelihood of having sustained hypertension.
- The findings accounted for variables such as job strain, age, sex, education level, occupation, smoking status, body mass index, and other health factors.
“The observed associations [in the study] accounted for job strain, a work stressor defined as a combination of high work demands and low decision-making authority. However, other related stressors might have an impact,” said lead study lead author Xavier Trudel. “Future research could examine whether family responsibilities—such as a worker’s number of children, household duties and childcare role—might interact with work circumstances to explain high blood pressure.”
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