Job stress raises risk of heart problems

Being under stress at work is tied to a higher risk of heart problems,new research confirms — but putting down the beer bottle and going for a walk may help.

Written by New York Times | New York | Published: May 18, 2013 3:46 am

Being under stress at work is tied to a higher risk of heart problems,new research confirms — but putting down the beer bottle and going for a walk may help. Researchers found that job strain — defined as having a lot of demands at work,but little control — was tied at a 25 percent higher chance of having a heart attack or dying of heart problems. But heart risks were cut in half among people — stressed or not — who maintained a healthy lifestyle compared to those who drank,smoked or were obese. “For many people avoidance of work stress is unrealistic,” lead researcher Mika Kivimaki,from University College London,told Reuters Health in an email. “Thus,we wanted to ask the question whether adopting an otherwise healthy lifestyle would reduce heart disease risk among those with job strain,” he said. Kivimaki and his colleagues combined the results of seven European studies that surveyed 102,000 people about their general lifestyle habits and health,including how much strain they were under at work.

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