Stress in the job affects the heart

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Stress in professional life also has a damaging effect on the heart of women

(06.05.2010) According to a Danish study, stress has a negative impact on the heart in professional life. This is not only the case with men, but also with women. In this way, women with high professional stress develop an increased risk of developing heart disease. According to the study, the risk should increase by a whopping 35 percent. In the course of the long-term study of the “Glostrup University Hospital”, the health condition of a total of 12,000 nurses was observed over a period of 15 years. The women were regularly examined by doctors and interviewed about working life. It was important in the survey how the women themselves assess their workload and thus the stress factor.

On the basis of these evaluations, it was found that the risk of suffering from a heart disease was significantly increased among women who complained about a high workload. The risk increased especially in women under 50 years of age. "So it seems that stress is particularly harmful for younger women," said the scientists. In the course of the study, 369 of the 12,000 nurses contracted angina and 138 suffered a heart attack. (sb)

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