If you think you are doing you, your family or your company a noble favor by working long hours over and over you may not be. In the modern era of staff cuts and multi-tasking many people are now working more than ever.  Often the lengthy hours and heavy workload are required to keep a job or to keep a business operable.  Budget cuts and downsizing have occurred in many fields and businesses.

According to a report published in the American Heart Association's Journal Stroke people who work extra long hours have as much as a 45 percent greater risk of suffering a stroke.  In a press release from the American Heart Association it was reported that according to researchers' data from CONSTANCES, a French population-based study group that started in 2012 , participants working long hours had a 29 percent greater chance of stroke and those working long hours for 10 years or more had a 45 percent greater risk of stroke. The study identified long hours as working more than 10 hours per day for at least 50 days per year. Study participants were between 18-69 years of age.  Sex, smoking and work hours along with cardiovascular risk factors or previous stroke occurrences were noted from separate medical interviews.

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In the CONSTANCES report 143,592 participants took part.  Data released showed that overall 1,224 participants suffered strokes.  Participants working long hours for more than 10 years had a 45 percent greater risk of stroke.