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Risk of heart disease heightened for women in stressful jobs

Published on 06/05/2010
Women under the age of 50 who work in a stressful environment are more likely to suffer from heart disease, researchers have found.

In a study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, it was reported that women who said their work pressures were much too high were 35 per cent more likely to develop a heart condition.

In addition, those who claimed their employment stresses were a little too high had 25 per cent more chance of suffering heart disease than those who found their jobs manageable.

The investigation used a sample of over 12,000 nurses in Denmark to draw its conclusions.

Researchers asked the nurses, all aged between 45 and 64 at the start of the experiment, questions about their working environment and monitored their health over 15 years.

In this time, 580 of the women were admitted to hospital with heart disease. However, it was only those under 50 in which there seemed to be a significant link with job stress.

Illness related to stress is something that affects a large number of people in Britain, suggesting medical insurance is something many may wish to consider.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2008-09 an estimated 415,000 British workers believed they had suffered illness due to work related stress.
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