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Work stress, little sleep could put you at risk of heart disease

May 21, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A good deal of work is being done in Germany focusing on the relationship between sleep deprivation, work-related stress and the development of coronary artery disease.

According to the latest study from the University of Dusseldorf, stress at work combined with impaired sleep significantly increases the risk of heart disease.

According to the study, the impact of these two lifestyle factors could actually have as much impact on heart disease as elevated cholesterol and cigarette smoking.

The study was conducted over 18 years. In case you are wondering, sleep related issues such as sleep apnea and disturbed sleep had a greater impact than work-related stress.

The combination of the two caused major problems.