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    Demanding jobs increase female risk of heart attack: study

    July 25, 2012

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    Boston – Women in high-stress jobs have a higher risk of heart attack, according to a study from Harvard University.

    As part of the Women’s Health Study, researchers followed 22,000 women for 10 years and put them into four job groups:

    • Low strain: low demand, high control
    • Passive: low demand, low control
    • Active: high demand, high control
    • High strain: high demand, low control

    Results showed women in the “high-strain” group had a 38 percent higher chance of having a heart attack than women in low-strain jobs. Women with “active” jobs also were 38 percent more likely to have a heart attack.

    Researchers said the results show the need for addressing job strain to help prevent heart attack among women.

    The study was published online July 18 in PLoS ONE.

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