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The Los Angeles Times reports that a new study published in the European Heart Journal says that “rates of angina, nonfatal heart attacks and death from heart-related conditions was 60 percent higher in people who worked at least three hours beyond ‘the normal, seven-hour day’ compared with those who didn't work that amount of overtime.”

In addition, the Times writes, the study found that “overtime-workers tended to be Type A people, who are more prone to heart disease, and to be more anxious and depressed. But did the overwork make them that way - or did they start out that way to begin with?

“Maybe they were stressed out from all that work (chronic stress is bad for the heart). Perhaps they got less sleep (sleep deprivation seems to be linked to more and more health problems with each passing day). Maybe lonely people tend to work more overtime. Maybe chronic workers go to work when they're sick instead of staying at home in bed, as they should.

“Whatever the answer to the chicken-egg question that these population studies (even the best of them) tend to leave one with, it might be good to play it safe and eschew wee-hour stints at the office in favor of taking a stroll or pulling a weed or two in the garden.”

One final note: when it comes to working overtime, US workers are said to be way above the average.
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