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Title: Long working hours as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation: A multi-cohort study
Authors: Kivimaki, Mika
Nyberg, Solja T.
Batty, G. David
Kawachi, Ichiro
Jokela, Markus
Alfredsson, Lars
Bjorner, Jakob B.
Borritz, Marianne
Burr, Hermann
Dragano, Nico
Fransson, Eleonor I.
Heikkila, Katriina
Knutsson, Anders
Koskenvuo, Markku
Kumari, Meena
Madsen, Ida E.H.
Nielsen, Martin L.
Nordin, Maria
Oksanen, Tuula
Pejtersen, Jan H.
Pentti, Jaana
Rugulies, Reiner
Salo, Paula
Shipley, Martin J.
Suominen, Sakari
Theorell, Tores
Vahtera, Jussi
Westerholm, Peter J.M.
Westerlund, Hugo
Steptoe, Andrew
Singh-Manoux, Archana
Hamer, Mark
Ferrie, Jane E.
Virtanen, Marianna
Tabak, Adam G.
Keywords: Atrial fibrillation
Life stress
Risk factors
Cohort study
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology
Citation: KIVIMAKI, ...et al., 2017. M. Long working hours as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation: A multi-cohort study. European Heart Journal, 38(34), pp.2621-2628.
Abstract: Aims Studies suggest that people who work long hours are at increased risk of stroke, but the association of long working hours with atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a risk factor for stroke, is unknown. We examined the risk of atrial fibrillation in individuals working long hours (>55 per week) and those working standard 35-40 hours per week. Methods In this prospective multi-cohort study from the Individual-Participant-Data Meta-analysis in and results Working Populations (IPD-Work) Consortium, the study population was 85,494 working men and women (mean age 43.4 years) with no recorded atrial fibrillation. Working hours were assessed at study baseline (1991-2004). Mean follow-up for incident atrial fibrillation was 10 years and cases were defined using data on electrocardiograms, hospital records, drug reimbursement registers, and death certificates. We identified 1061 new cases of atrial fibrillation (10-year cumulative incidence 12.4 per 1000). After adjustment for age, sex and socioeconomic status, individuals working long hours had a 1.4-fold increased risk of atrial fibrillation compared to those working standard hours (hazard ratio=1.42, 95%CI=1.13-1.80, P=0.003). There was no significant heterogeneity between the cohortspecific effect estimates (I2=0%, P=0.66) and the finding remained after excluding participants with coronary heart disease or stroke at baseline or during the follow-up (N=2006, hazard ratio=1.36, 95%CI=1.05-1.76, P=0. 0180). Adjustment for potential confounding factors, such as obesity, risky alcohol use and high blood pressure, had little impact on this association. Conclusion Individuals who worked long hours were more likely to develop atrial fibrillation than those working standard hours.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Oxford University Press under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Sponsor: IPD-Work consortium was supported by NordForsk, the EU New OSH ERA research programme, the Finnish Work Environment Fund, Finland, the Swedish Research Council for Working Life and Social Research, Sweden, Danish National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark. Kivimaki was supported by NordForsk and the Medical Research Council (K013351).
Version: Published version
DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehx324
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25362
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehx324
ISSN: 1522-9645
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