Job Stress Boosts Heart Attack Risk For Women

When it comes to job stress, everybody is prone to it, everybody is challenged by it. A new study shows a stressful job impacts women more, as it boosts heart attack risk considerably more than a low stress one.

It’s really hardly any way to go around job stress. It takes a significant change in anybody’s life when it comes to switching from high stress jobs to low stress jobs. But as new research points out, maybe it’s time you should consider a change.

Experts explain job stress takes its toll on women, more than imagined. It makes them prone to all sorts of cardiovascular problems, even if for the most part they live a healthy life. But a stressful job is hard to cope with. It is demanding, often challenging and definitely strenuous. It’s the sort of job that asks everything of you, but gives very little peace of mind in return. In a nutshell, based on data, job stress boosts heart attack risk for women to over 40 percent.

“Women who had high-strain jobs had a 40% higher likelihood of having a cardiovascular event compared to women who were in the low-strain category” said cardiologist and researcher Michelle A. Albert with Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The study published in journal PLoS ONE investigated over 22,000 women who were categorized into four job-strain groups. Each groups was designed by taking into account a worker’s demands and control. Throughout the 10-year research, experts found women with stressful jobs, be it low-strain or high-strain were both prone to cardiovascular issues.

Women in the high-strain jobs category were 67 percent more prone to nonfatal heart attacks than those in low-strain category. Same category was at the same time 38 percent more at risk to suffer heart attack or experience high blood pressure.

Researcher Dr. Michelle Albert explains her study looks at how badly stress impacts the body. “The stress we’re talking about here is stress that exceeds the body’s capacity to manage or adapt appropriately” she said.

For the most part, the study isn’t breaking news when it comes to job stress effects on a person’s health. But it does bring more information on how women are impacted by it.

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