Diabetes, Heart, and Cardiovascular Diseases News Chronicle.      Article 240

Working For Long Hours Can Increase The Risk Of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Or Irregular Heartbeat (Arrhythmia)

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It is a known fact that working for long hours will worsen the stress levels and moods. A study by the researchers at the University College London (UCL) shows the increased risk of atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) by working for more than 55 hours per week. Atrial fibrillation can lead to chronic fatigue, heart failure and stroke.


Working for long hours can increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia. AFib).

The researchers have analyzed the records of more than 85,000 men and women without atrial fibrillation (AFib) from eight previous studies done in Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden and Finland.



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The analytical study shows the development of atrial fibrillation (AFib) in 1,061 individuals over a period of ten years. This is equal to 12.4 patients with AFib per 1,000 individuals.

But the number of patients with AFib per 1,000 individuals has jumped to 17.6 when the researchers looked into the records of those individuals who are working for 55 hours or more per week.

This shows 40 percent more risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib) to those individuals who are working for 55 hours or more per week when compared to those individuals who are working for 35 to 40 hours or fewer per week. The study also found that 90 percent of the new patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) were reported in those individuals who are first time diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.


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This study clearly shows that the long working hours can increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib). The study results accounted for risk factors such as the age of the participant, gender, obesity or overweight, tobacco usage, alcohol consumption, socioeconomic status and leisure-time physical activity.


The authors of the study say that the 40 percent increased the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib) or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) is not a big deal. But risk associated with the working for long hours will be an additional risk factor to those individuals having multiple risk factors to heart diseases such as old age, high sugar levels (diabetes), high blood pressure (or hypertension) and tobacco use.


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This study was not showing that working for long hours can cause atrial fibrillation (AFib). The researchers think that extreme physical or mental fatigue and stress can play a role in the increased risk of heart diseases.

The lead author of the study was Dr. Mika Kivimaki, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, the United Kingdom. The study was published on July 14, 2017, in the European Heart Journal. Title of the article was "Long working hours as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation: a multi-cohort study."
DOI: doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehx324



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A study at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Winnipeg, Canada shows the increased risk of cardiometabolic outcomes such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes (T2D), obesity (or overweight) and high blood pressure (or hypertension) with the consumption of artificial (or non-nutritive) sweeteners.



The consumption of artificial sweeteners was linked to type 2 diabetes, weight gain and heart disease.

The researchers have reviewed the records of more than 400,000 individuals from 37 studies. The researchers have followed them for an average of ten years. People are consuming artificial sweeteners for weight loss and to prevent high blood sugar levels. But the clinical trial shows that the weight gain (or high body mass index BMI) and other health complications with the consumption of artificial sweeteners.


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The lead author of the study was Prof. Ryan Zarychanski, MD, the University of Manitoba. The study was published on July 17, 2017, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Title of the article was "Nonnutritive sweeteners and cardiometabolic health: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and prospective cohort studies."
DOI: doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.161390



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Published on September 7, 2017

 


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