Working long hours increases the risk of a stroke


According to a recent French study, people who work more than 10 hours a day would have a higher risk of stroke.

Stroke is a failure of the bloodstream in a region of the brain. In the affected area, the cells are deprived of the oxygen brought by the blood, and thus risk to die if this lack lasts too long.

There are two types of stroke: in about 80% of cases, it is a cerebral ischemic stroke (also called cerebral infarction) that occurs when a clot blocks blood flow. In a minority of cases (about 20%), it is a hemorrhagic stroke, caused by the rupture of a blood vessel inside the brain. A hematoma is formed, it compresses the affected cerebral area, and interrupts the blood circulation.

According to a French study published Thursday, June 20, 2019 in the journal Stroke, people who work more than 10 hours a day, at least 50 days a year, would have (on average) a risk of stroke 29% higher . And for people who keep this pace (intense!) For 10 years or more, the risk of stroke increases by about 45%.

The correlation would be even stronger among people under 50 years of age. In addition, no difference between men and women was noted.

According to researchers at the Raymond-Poincaré Hospital, the universities of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Paris-Saclay with Inserm, 30% of French people work more than 10 hours a day.

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