September 16, 2012

Little Control Spells Trouble

1 Stressful Jobs May Raise Heart Attack Risk

Workers with stressful jobs may face a 23 percent higher risk of heart attack compared to workers without stressful jobs, find European researchers who pooled data from 13 studies. Published in Lancet, the study found that 15 percent of the 200,000 people studied had stressful jobs. In order for a job to qualify as stressful, it had to combine little control over decisions about the work and intense demands. While the study researchers are confident that a relationship exists between heart attack risk and stress at work, they can't prove cause and effect since the original studies used only observed people rather than assigning them to high or low stress jobs. However, researchers suggest that removing job-related stress would reduce the number of future heart attacks by 3.4 percent.

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Work Stress Increases Stroke Risk for Men

Tags: Heart Attack Risk Factors, The Lancet, University College London, Work Stress, Health Effects Stress

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