China has now beat out Japan for the most people to die of overworking, and one case of a 24-year-old man dying of a heart attack is proof of that.
Li Yuan worked at a Chinese advertising company, Ogilvy & Mather, in Beijing. He had been working overtime for a month straight, often working until 11 p.m.
On Monday, his body couldn't handle it any longer, and around 5 p.m. he stood up, cried in pain and collapsed on the ground. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was a heart attack.
The company announced his death through Twitter yesterday.
"Unfortunately the sad news is true. @OgilvyPR Beijing has lost 1 of our own. He was loved by all of us. Thank u for your kind msgs," it read.
Around 600,000 Chinese workers die from exhaustion each year, according to a report in The China Youth Daily.
Many of these deaths are caused by stress-related heart attacks and strokes. Symptoms associated with it include insomnia, anorexia and abdominal pains.
While it was long believed that there was no link between mental pressure and heart conditions, recent studies have revealed that stress does have an affect on the heart and arteries.
In a 2012 study by University College, London, researchers found that those who were given a stressful mental test had higher levels of cortisol in their blood. The cortisol causes arteries to narrow when it is released.
Their arteries were also scanned for signs of furring, which is the accumulation of fatty material inside walls. The people who had higher cortisol levels were twice as likely to have furred arteries.
Another study done in 2010 found that symptoms of anxiety and depression increase mortality rates.