Does work stress 'raise heart risk'?
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The Lancet research analysed combined data from 13 studies. They were then sorted into people with job strain or not and followed for an average of seven and a half years.
Prof Mika Kivimaki, from University College London, said: "Our findings indicate that job strain is associated with a small but consistent increased risk of experiencing a first coronary heart disease event, such as a heart attack." It appears to be related to an inability to have control of a stressful situation that causes problems.
The risk from stress at work was put in to context for me when I read that eliminating job strain would prevent 3.4% of those cases, whereas there would be a 36% reduction if everyone stopped smoking.
It appears to be how you deal with stress that is important. Having a healthy lifestyle and doing more exercise can help. Cutting down or stopping smoking may make quite a big difference.
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