Is Job Stress hurting your heart?

Jun 9th 2018 Posted by MDR

A recent study examined the effects of job-related stress on heart function, in particular the occurrence of atrial fibrillation (A-fib), a serious condition. A heart with A-fib does not beat normally, losing the proper blood flow through the heart chambers, lowering heart efficiency and greatly increasing the chances of getting a stroke.

The study found that those, with jobs that have a lot of stressful aspects over which they have no control, were the most likely to develop A-fib.

The study looked at factors such as:

  • having to work very hard or very fast
  • having conflicting demands
  • completing many repetitive tasks
  • lack of control over what to do and when to do it
  • This study results were consistent with other similar studies showing job stress is related to A-fib onset.

    http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2047487318777387

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