In a new study, we learn that working:
- 41-48 hours is associated with a 10% greater risk of stroke.
- 49-54 hours had a 27% increased risk of stroke.
- 55 hours or more per week had a 33% greater chance of stroke.
The authors analyzed data from 17 studies on over 500,000 men and women from the US, Europe, and Australia.
The stroke findings were significant even after accounting for risk factors including smoking, alcohol use, physical activity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
The study also showed working 55 hours or more per week was associated with a 13% greater risk of coronary heart disease.
Silent strokes, which neurologists see all the time and in abundance on brain MRIs, take a heavy toll on cognition as we get older.