Men in stressful jobs who feel underappreciated are at DOUBLE risk of heart disease, finds study

by Rahul Devi

Impact of work stress on heart health

Work stress is a common phenomenon in today’s fast-paced and competitive world. Most individuals spend a significant amount of their time at work, which can have a direct impact on their overall well-being, including their heart health. A recent research study conducted in Canada sheds light on the relationship between work stress and heart disease.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, focused on the impact of work-related stress and feeling under-appreciated on the development of heart disease in male workers. The researchers followed 6,465 white-collar workers, both men, and women, for a period of 18 years, from 2000-2018. The participants were initially free of cardiovascular disease and had an average age of 45.

The findings of the study revealed that stressed-out male workers who felt underappreciated were twice as likely to develop potentially deadly heart disease. Men who struggled with either stressful work or underappreciation experienced a 49% increase in the risk of heart disease compared to those who did not report these stresses. Furthermore, those men who experienced both stress and “effort-reward imbalance,” where employees face high job demands and low control over their work, were at a significantly higher risk of heart disease.

Interestingly, the study did not find a similar link between heart health and these stressors in female participants. However, it is important to note that further research is needed to explore the potential gender differences in the impact of work stress on heart health.

Heart disease is a serious condition that affects the blood flow to the heart, potentially leading to a heart attack. The study highlights the importance of understanding the relationship between work stressors and cardiovascular health for public health and workforce well-being. As people spend a significant amount of their time at work, addressing work-related stress and promoting a healthy work environment becomes crucial in maintaining heart health.

In conclusion, work stress can have a significant impact on heart health, particularly in male workers who feel underappreciated. It is essential for organizations to prioritize employee well-being and create a supportive work environment that minimizes stress and promotes cardiovascular health. Individuals should also be mindful of their stress levels and adopt healthy coping mechanisms to mitigate the adverse effects of work stress on their heart health.

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