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Night shifts linked to heart problems, study finds

Researchers analysed 286,353 participants from the UK Biobank database

People who worked night shifts had a 12% increased risk of AFib

Women are more susceptible to AFib than men 

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Night shifts can be bad for your heart health! Here's why

People working in night shifts are more prone to developing heart-related diseases such as Atrial Fibrillation says a study published in European Heart Journal.

According to new research published in the European Heart Journal, night shift workers are at an elevated risk of developing Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). The study also suggested that night shift work is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, but not stroke or heart failure.

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For the study, researchers analysed 286,353 salaried or self-employed participants from the UK Biobank database. The team adjusted their analyses for factors affecting the results, such as age, physical exercise, diet, body mass index, blood pressure and sleep duration. During a follow-up period of 10.4 years, 5,777 cases of AFib were reported.

As per the findings, people who worked night shifts on a temporary basis had a 12% increased risk of AFib compared to people who worked during the day. The risk increased to 18% for those who had a lifetime duration of night shifts. Researchers also found that women are more susceptible to AFib than men when working night shifts for more than ten years. Their risk increased by 64% compared to day workers.

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