Women who have stressful jobs are at greater risk for heart attacks Show Notes

Friday, July 27, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Women who have stressful jobs are at greater risk for heart attacks.

According to a story in International Science Times, having a stressful job may do more than just make you want to pull your hair out. They cite a study which found that women who work at stressful jobs have an increased risk of a variety of heart problems.

Researchers looked at data from the Women's Health Study, in which more than 22,000 female health professionals were tracked over 10 years.

Dr. Michelle A. Albert, study author and a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston says "Women who had high-strain jobs had a 40 percent higher likelihood of having a cardiovascular event compared to women who were in the low-strain category.”

Dr. Albert defines “high strain” jobs as those with high demand and low control, such as a factory worker who is under a lot of pressure.

However, the research also found that even women who reported having a high amount of control in their jobs experienced elevated heart risk.

What surprised researchers was that for women, job insecurity was not linked to an increased risk of heart attack or stress.

Rudy Fenwick, a sociology professor at the University of Akron says "It may be that job insecurity has become the norm…people no longer expect to be employed with the same employer throughout their career."

If you’re a woman in a high stress job, get plenty of exercise and sleep, watch your diet, and make sure to develop a circle of supportive friends.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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