If you work in an office job, it is likely that you spend a great deal of time sitting at a desk. Sitting for extended periods of time is harmful to your heart's health even if you have good eating habits and exercise regularly.
Taking even small breaks from your desk and walking around can cut back on the negative effects of long periods of inactivity. Long periods of inactivity contribute to decreased cardiovascular health which greatly increases your risk of heart attack. People who work 10 or more hours each day have an increased risk by 45-67 percent according to the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Long hours at an office job may not be the only element of people's daily lives that contributes to higher risk of heart attack. Long hours at work means less time available to exercise or prepare nutritious meals, which can further threaten cardiovascular health. The harder people work in the office, the higher the chances of an unhealthy lifestyle.
According to the Whitehall II study in the United Kingdom, findings indicate that the factors that contribute to decreased cardiovascular health and increased risk of heart attack include demographics of age and race as well as genetics such as high cholesterol. Other contributors are gender and general life habits, particularly use of tobacco and alcohol. The researchers came to the conclusion that jobs should also be taken into account when calculating risk of heart attacks.
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