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Link found between stress at work and heart disease

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Link found between stress at work and heart diseaseOn 1 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The risk of death from cardiovascular disease is doubled in stressedemployees, study findsResearchers have found a link between work-related stress and heart disease.Doctors in Finland have concluded that work stress needs to be tackled as away of improving employees’ health. The stresses and strains of the workplace and an imbalance in the amount ofeffort workers put in against their rewards were each associated with adoubling of the risk of cardiovascular death, the study published in theBritish Medical Journal reported. Stress was also a factor in other workplace problems, such as why people atetoo much, continued to smoke or did not take enough exercise. The researchers studied 812 healthy men and women who worked in factories inFinland over a period of 25 years. During that period, 73 died from heartdisease or stroke. After taking age and sex into account, those who faced highdemands or had little control over the way they worked were 2.2 times morelikely to die from cardiovascular disease. Workers in jobs with high demands, low salaries and a lack of socialapproval were 2.4 times more at risk. After five years, there was an increased risk of having higher bloodcholesterol levels, associated with high job strain. “High job strain and effort-reward imbalance seem to increase the riskof cardiovascular mortality. The evidence from industrial employees suggeststhat attention should be paid to the prevention of work stress,” concludedlead researcher Professor Mika Kiviaki. BMJ 2002;325:857  www.bmj.org.uklast_img read more