Being bossed about at work raises your chances of a heart attack

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  • Researchers warn high workloads plus few opportunities to make decisions can raise your risk of heart attack by a quarter

    Workers who are bossed around at work and have a stressful job are more likely to have a heart attack.

    Researchers from University College London found being put under extreme pressure could raise the risk of heart attacks by a quarter.

    The review of heart health examined 200,000 workers from a range of occupations, including civil servants and factory workers.

    Being in a stressful job where you are bossed around could raise the risk of a heart attack by a quarter, warn researchers.

    Their major review of heart health among 200,000 workers examined the risk for all occupations, from civil servants to factory workers.

    All the men and women, none of whom had suffered a heart attack previously, completed questionnaires about their jobs, workload, deadlines and freedom to make decisions.

    A stressful job was defined as one involving a high workload with rare freedom to make decisions.

    The participants were followed-up over 7.5 years and researchers recorded 2,356 cases of heart disease.

    Mika Kivimaki, who led the research, says: ‘Our findings indicate that job strain is associated with a small but consistent increased risk of experiencing a first coronary heart disease event, such as a heart attack.’


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