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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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  • Karolyn

    Should this really be a surprise to anybody? Another expensive study to prove what we all already should know.

  • eddie47d

    The glass ceiling has been broken and along with that the stress and other health issues will obviously increase. Welcome ladies to the pressures of advancement.

  • http://com i41

    Typical grant funding money wasted on more crap studies, agree. I have daughters that are officers in different branches of the military. One of the common traits, that they comment on both males and females, is the wimpy mental strenght all show. Their biggest area of concerns are the inability to cope with any stress. Too much of the thinking that, if I don’t like the job, conditions are too harsch, I just don’t have to do it. Or if they are ordered to get their rears in gear now, not later, it makes me feel bad. Thinking that you might lose your job, is the realities of life. So get a grip on yourself, and this is what happens as you go up ther ladder of life. Who gets the biggest share of blame is the parents, they don’t expect their offspring to get responsiblity for anything except feeding themselves as long as someone cooks it and prepares everything for them. While in school or college it just study and take life easy till you need to get a job at 22. This attitude is thru all of society no matter what job. We all want high paying jobs and be able to sit on your duffs and grades and degrees make you above stress and hard work!

    • 45caliber

      The whole idea of grant money is to come up with a reason for reasearch and target it to a question you already know the answer to. Then you can simply draw that high salary without a lot of worries. It is a way to solve the stress problems of being out of work for college professors who consider themselves scientists.

  • 45caliber

    This is news? This is the reason men generally die before women do! The women are just catching up with us!

  • http://com i41

    .45, remember the crap of more pay to equal mens salary. Since women are making more then men now guess we all should raise hell. Ranks right up there with the b–l s–t affermative action. Dime to hole under a pig’s tail, white males get ignored and by all the minority groups and the ACLU!!

    • 45caliber

      I’ve seen agencies in the government go from working groups of white men to non-working groups of minorities in the last fifty years. And the minorities were hired solely to meet affirmative action.

      One of the laughs I’ve gotten over the years was in Arkansas. They hired a minority to handle hiring for the state highway department. He came down, tore up all the applications they had for workers made by white men, and then insisted that the local bosses had to go door to door in predominate minority neighborhoods asking if anyone would like to work for the state. He went along to make sure they did it. He was quite happy to hire about twenty of them. Two months later all but two had quit – and one of those was only waiting for school to start. The rest had all quit because the work was too hard. (Have you ever watched a road crew? Work is too hard??)

  • http://com i41

    Yes the damn shovels wouldn’t stand up by themselves and hoes were racist pigs!


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