Work Stress Could Raise Heart Risks: Study

Chill Out! Work Stress Could Raise Risk Of Heart Disease

Having a tough week at work? Make sure you de-stress -- a new review of studies highlights how work stress could be hurting your health.

The review, published in the journal The Lancet and conducted by researchers at the University College London, shows that people with demanding, straining jobs have an overall 23 percent increased risk of heart attack.

The findings are based on job stress and heart attack data from 200,000 people in Europe, who participated in a total of 13 studies between 1985 and 2006. The studies had an average follow-up period of 7.5 years, during which 2,356 heart attacks or heart-related deaths occurred.

Job stress has also been linked with an increased risk of diabetes in women, as well as shorter telomeres (which could potentially speed up aging), past research has suggested.

In the telomere study, published in the journal PLoS ONE earlier this year, Finnish scientists found that people in the study who were affected by the highest levels of job stress were more likely to have short telomeres, and shortened telomeres are linked with aging and possibly even cancer.

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