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Women Who Stress About Their Job May Be At Risk For Other Problems, Study Suggests

November 29, 2010 by  

Women Who Stress About Their Job May Be At Risk For Other Problems, Study SuggestsA recent study, led by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts, has found that women who have high job stress are at an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to those who have low job stress.

In addition to this discovery, the scientists indicate that fear of losing one's job contributed to high blood pressure, weight gain and increased cholesterol among women.

A total of 17,416 healthy women were analyzed for the research, among which the average age was 57 years old. By tracking the participants for more than 10 years, those who reported having the highest job strain were at a 40 percent greater risk of having poor heart health, such as suffering strokes, heart attacks or requiring coronary artery bypass surgery.

The risk of suffering a heart attack had the highest increase, at about 88 percent.

Michelle A. Albert, the study's senior author, said that the findings suggest that "there are both immediate and long-term clinically documented cardiovascular health effects of job strain in women."

Some of the most stressful jobs in the U.S. are real estate agent, public relations officer, surgeon and advertising executive, according to

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