If you’re an offfice working putting in 49 hours or more each week, you might want to consider taking heart support supplements to offset the damage you’re causing to your blood pressure.

New research from Canada found Office workers who logged 49-plus hours on the job weekly were more likely to have high blood pressure compared to people who worked less than 35 hours per week.

The difference was particularly noticeable with regards to a hidden type of high blood pressure called masked hypertension.

Masked hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that doesn’t appear during a regular medical visit; however, is often high during regular activities throughout the day. Due to this “masking” it often goes undetected.

Five-year study

The study was performed by a Canadian research team, and was conducted over a five-year period. Researchers enlisted more than 3,500 white-collar employees at three public institutions in Quebec. The findings accounted for variables such as job strain, age, sex, education level, occupation, smoking status, body mass index and other health factors.

The study was published December 19, 2019 in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

The researchers determined that working 49 or more hours each week was linked to a 70% greater likelihood of having masked hypertension and 66% greater likelihood of having sustained hypertension.

“Both masked and sustained high blood pressure are linked to higher cardiovascular disease risk,” said lead study lead author Xavier Trudel, Ph.D., assistant professor in the social and preventive medicine department at Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

“The observed associations accounted for job strain, a work stressor defined as a combination of high work demands and low decision-making authority. However, other related stressors might have an impact,” Trudel said. “Future research could examine whether family responsibilities—such as a worker’s number of children, household duties and childcare role—might interact with work circumstances to explain high blood pressure.”

The high blood pressure epidemic

With almost half of the adult U.S. population suffering from high blood pressure, it is a health factor that tens of millions of people need to consider in a critical fashion.

It is considered a “primary factor” in 82,000 deaths per year.

Fortunately there are active steps you can take to improve blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends diet improvements, a reduction or cessation of smoking and alcohol, avoiding stress and getting regular exercise.

In addition to these lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements can also provide beneficial support.

Optimal BFF from Optimal Health Systems utilizes a potent blend of Creatine Nitrate and a Nitrate Food Blend to promote blood vessel flexibility. This results in better oxygen circulation, reduced inflammation and a healthier heart.

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Sources: Hypertension, ScienceDaily.com, American Heart Association