Their was at one time a big myth, supposedly proved by good “research” that Type A personalities get heart attacks, aggressive hard workers with short tempers get what they deserve. Let’s all do Yoga and repeat our mantra to ourselves.
It was debunked.
Here’s a meta analysis with a cumulative cohort of half a million with less than 2000 strokes, and they show an increased risk of about one third for stroke in extra hours workers. Actually they don’t show an increased RISK at all as we know from our studies of observational epidemiological studies they show a higher rate in the experimental side of the study group, the longer hours workers.
The article includes some comments that include a researchers comment that appears to resurrect the debunked type A personality/heart attack linkm, proof that even in the profession the practitioners still carry around myths created by bad science and lots of bias and media repeats.
“Type A personality causes heart attacks” feeds a bias that being aggressive and hard working is bad for you but it really means it is something disapproved. Being laconic, indolent, phlegmatic and lazy is alleged to be good for you by the left, even though they may be just as meddling type A personality types as the people they disapprove.
Of course these are the same know it alls who would promote vigorous exercise? Exercise is selfish and aimed at self improvement and feeling good about one’s health and welfare, whereas work ethic and hard driving effort to accomplish things is the product of capitalist greed and crudity–lack of sophistication and joie de vivre.
Can I imagine people doing research to cofirm their dislike of or bias toward hard workers? You bet. Same reason the political correctness crusade seems to be tilted toward a soft feminine approach and criticism and mocking of manly virtures and characteristics–how crude as compared to me and my tea sippin’ friends.