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The Impact of Work Stress on Cardiovascular Health


Nov 20, 2023

In a recent study, researchers have discovered that white-collar workers who report specific types of job-related stress may be at a higher risk for heart disease compared to those who do not experience such stress. Over the course of 18 years, the study followed over 6,500 men and identified two specific job-related conditions that were associated with increased cardiovascular risks.

The first condition, known as job strain, is characterized by high demands such as heavy workloads and tight deadlines, coupled with low control, such as having little say in decision making. The second condition, called effort-reward imbalance, occurs when an individual puts in high effort but receives low salary, recognition or job security in return.

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