Heart Disease

Working long hours increases stroke and heart attack risk

You might joke that your job is killing you, but a new study suggests your lament could be more real than you think. Working long hours increases your risk of stroke by 33 percent and ups your risk of developing heart disease by 13 percent, according to British researchers. They didn't pinpoint where to lay the blame, but they think physical inactivity, alcohol consumption and higher levels of stress may be among the contributing factors. "Sometimes people get stuck in a routine that's bad for their health," says Joy Boerschinger, stroke program coordinator at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill. "If you're working long hours and under...