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Under 50s face stress risk

6th May 2010

The British Heart Foundation has said that people who face stress at work should try to tackle it in a positive way.

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The warning comes after a study of more than 12,000 female nurses suggested that stress at work raises the risk of heart disease for women under the age of 50.

BHF cardiac nurse June Davison said people who were stressed at work should talk to colleagues or managers about how to manage the pressures they are under.

She said: “If you feel under pressure you should try and tackle it in a positive way and get active during work hours. Using the stairs and walking some of the way to work could help act as a stress buster and boost heart health too.”

The latest study from Denmark showed that pressure at work had the biggest effect on young women. It focused on the female nurses aged 45-64 about pressure at work and tracked their health for 15 years up to 2008.

Of those, 580 were admitted to hospital with ischaemic heart disease, including 369 cases of angina and 138 heart attacks.

Taking into account other risk factors such as smoking and diabetes, the team from Glostrup University Hospital found those who felt under pressure at work were 35% more likely to have developed heart disease than those who were comfortable with the pressure.

The Royal College of Nursing said the paper raised important concerns and that its latest employment survey suggested that 55% of nurses felt they were under too much pressure at work.

 

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