European researchers looked at men and women who regularly worked more than 11 hours a day. They found a 1.6 increase risk of heart attacks, angina, and premature death. Lack of exercise, poor diet, alcohol intake and hypertension did not seem to be factors, but a Type A personality and sleep deprivation were possible causes. Apparently, one can live a full life in about 2/3 the time just be working oneself to death. Rest and relaxation are important parts of a healthy lifestyle.
See Family Practice News (click here), June 1, 2010, p. 12.