Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Women Who Work Rotating Night Shifts Have a Higher Risk of Heart Disease

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Women Who Work Rotating Night Shifts Have a Higher Risk of Heart Disease

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A recent report published in The Journal of the American Medical Association has identified a risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in women who work in rotating night shifts. The study took place over a period of 24 years, including 189,000 women. Women reported their exposure to rotating night shiftwork, defined as three night shifts or more per month in addition to day and evening shifts. The coronary health of the women was reported over this time to demonstrate whether the women had experienced CHD-related chest pain, heart attacks, cardiovascular procedures or CHDrelated death. The study also controlled for other CHD risk factors including smoking, poor diet, lack of physical activity and elevated body mass index, which were identified over the period through questionnaires.

Over the course of the 24-year study, 10,000 new cases of CHD were identified. The study identified that 10 years of rotating night shiftincreased the risk of developing CHD in women by 15%-18% compared with women who did not work rotating night shifts. …

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