Being Bossed Around At Work ‘Raises Risk Of Heart Attack’

September 15th, 2012 - 1:25 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Sept 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) New research has found out that being bossed around at work raises the chances of someone getting a heart attack by 23 percent.

The research shows that those workers who are bossed around at work and are mostly powerless are at a higher risk of developing heart attacks that their counterparts who are less stressed. A research was carried out on 200000 workers starting from civil servants to factory workers and it was found that straining at the work place is connected to small but increased risks of one getting a heart attack. This was said by Mika Kivimaki who led the university college London research. There were previous studies before but the studies had conflicting results.

Those who participated in the research completed forms about their jobs and the stresses and workloads that they went through while at work. Those doing the research defined a stressful job as one where workers have a large workload but little decision making room.

The researchers followed the workers up and they recorded over 2000 cases of heart attacks after a period of a little over seven years. Other factors that added to the risk of heart attacks to the stressed workers are lifestyle, age and social background as found by the scientists.

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