High-Stress Jobs Bad for Women’s Hearts

Demanding jobs with little control can boost risk by 40%
By Eiric Baardsen,  Newser User
Posted Nov 15, 2010 8:35 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Nov 15, 2010 3:05 PM CST
A female trader talks on two telephones in one time during a trading session.   (AP Photo/Pat Roque)

(User Submitted) – Women working in stressful positions face an increased risk of heart-related maladies such as heart attacks, strokes, and clogged arteries, finds a landmark study that followed 17,145 women over a 10-year period. Most of the participants in the study were health professionals, but the findings paint a broader picture of how stress affects women in the workplace—basically, just as it does men.

Women who work in demanding jobs with little control were 40% more likely to encounter heart problems than those with less demanding positions and more control. As one researcher stated, “It’s not just going to work, it’s what happens when you get there.” Some tips: Women should be open with their doctors about their stress levels, exercise, try to avoid bringing work home, and participate in extracurricular activities. Read the full article.

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