Women’s hearts at risk from stress at work – study

guardian.co.uk, 5 May 2010

Women in high-pressure jobs face up to twice the normal risk of developing heart problems as a direct result of work-related stress, doctors reveal today. Those who report feeling work pressures to an excessive degree are at some increased danger of developing ischaemic heart disease, according to new research in the medical journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

While the link between stress and cardiac disease is well-known, most previous studies have concentrated on its impact on men’s health. The new findings, based on a long-term study of 12,116 female nurses in Denmark, are among the first to assess if there is a similar link in women.