Study says overtime work can lead to deadly ‘hidden’ high blood pressure

The American Heart Association has a new study that says people who work overtime in the office are at greater risk of developing fatal high blood pressure, which is not usually reflected when a doctor checks them,media reported. This “hidden” hypertension may not be treated in a timely manner because it is difficult to measure.

Study says overtime work can lead to deadly 'hidden' high blood pressure

Hypertension is a dangerous health condition that, if left untreated, can lead to many other health problems, from heart disease to vision problems, kidney disease, vascular damage and so on. Of course, in order to treat high blood pressure, it must be measured first.

White-collar workers who work 49 hours or more a week are 70 percent more likely to develop “hidden” high blood pressure than those who work less than 35 hours a week, according to a new study released by the American Heart Association.

This hidden type of high blood pressure is difficult to detect because it increases when people work, but tends to return to normal when an individual goes to the hospital for a check-up. If not treated for a long time, high blood pressure may cause other chronic health conditions.

Similarly, these overtime workers were 66 percent more likely to develop persistent hypertension, meaning that even if the person was not working, the reading would still be high. It can be said that this type of high blood pressure will get worse because it remains high throughout the night, but it is easier to treat because doctors are more likely to find it.

Working 41 to 48 hours a week may increase the risk of persistent high blood pressure by 42 percent and hidden high blood pressure by 54 percent. Despite other risk factors for hypertension, including smoking, BMI, etc., this high risk remains.

The study found that many work factors may affect people’s chances of developing high blood pressure, including low status in the workplace, high demands from superior leaders, and potentially other undiscovered daily realities. The findings are based on a five-year study, according to the American Heart Association.

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