Women with high levels of job stress are significantly more likely to suffer a heart attack or other cardiovascular problems than those who work in less-stressful positions.
That’s the key finding of a new study by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers who calculated high job stress puts women at a 67 percent greater heart attack risk and 38 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease.SPECIAL: These 4 Things Happen Right Before a Heart Attack — Read More.
The study, published in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, found no correlation between job insecurity and long-term cardiovascular disease.
"Elevated job strain, a form of psychological stress, has long-term cardiovascular health effects in women,” said lead researcher Dr. Michelle A. Albert, “and could suggest the need for health care providers to incorporate assessment of and identification of useful interventions that minimize the effects of job strain".
Researchers based their conclusions on an analysis of more than 22,000 female health professionals in the U.S. over 10 years.
The study was funded, in part, by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute.