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Physical work 'contributes to heart disease'

THOSE working in physically demanding jobs are more susceptible to heart disease than their desk-bound counterparts, new research shows.

People undertaking a hard day's graft were at least 20pc more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than those in an office, Greek researchers found.

A second study from Belgium and Denmark suggested out-of-work exercise, such as in a gym, improved the coronary health of office workers but had a detrimental effect on those who already carried out manual labour.

Men whose jobs involved strenuous physical work were four times more likely to have coronary heart disease when they also exercised in their leisure time, the researchers reported.

Irish Independent