Women in demanding jobs face heart risk

Women who work in high pressure jobs have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and bypass surgery than women who work in less stressful environments, according to new research presented at a conference of the American Heart Association.

Women who work in high pressure jobs have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and bypass surgery than women who work in less stressful environments, according to new research presented at a conference of the American Heart Association.

The research found women in high pressure jobs – jobs which were demanding, but in which the women had little decision-making power or opportunity to be creative – were more likely to have heart problems.

Women who were worried they might lose their jobs also showed an increase in heart-disease risk factors, including high blood pressure.

The research followed more than 17,000 female health professionals over at least 10 years. The women filled in questionnaires about job stress and the researchers monitored them for any heart-related problems.

Women with high pressure jobs were nearly twice as likely (88%) to have a heart attack than women who didn’t have such stressful jobs. They were also 43% more likely to have a bypass and 40% more at risk of heart disease. Although not having decision-making powers and not being able to use any creativity were a risk, the biggest heart risk was having a demanding job.

 





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