On-the-job stress may make women more susceptible to
heart disease, according to the findings of a new study published in the
journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Reuters reports that scientists from Denmark assessed the impact of work
pressure and degree of personal influence in the workplace on the heart
health of more than 12,000 nurses between the ages of 45 and 64.
They found that women who felt their work stress was much too high were 35
percent more likely to have heart disease compared to those who felt their
work pressures were manageable. Women who said their work pressure was a
little too high were 25 percent more likely to develop heart disease.
"This study adds to the previous body of evidence
suggesting harmful effects of excessive psychological demands at work on
cardiac health, but is one among very few that demonstrates the effect among
women," the researchers said.
They say more studies are needed to identify what factors contribute to high
perceived work pressure.
June Davison, a nurse from the British Heart Foundation told Reuters that
stress at work may cause people to pick up unhealthy habits – like smoking,
drinking and overeating – that may boost heart disease risk.
Source : DrCutler.com