A team of researchers from several universities in Europe led by Prof. Mika Kivimäki, Ph.D., examined 13 studies that were conducted between 1986 and 2006. Prof. Kivimäki is a professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London. Prof. Kivimäki and the research team found that job stress as one of the emerging factors for heart attack and death.
Researcher crunched data from 200,000 patients, while continued monitoring for a span of 7.5 years in the average. Prof. Kivimäki and colleagues’ sample size was considered larger than previous studies. Researchers believe that job stress was linked to a 23% higher chance of getting heart attacks and deaths. The study is being published by The Lancet, a medical journal. Researchers found job stress usually occurred in lower skilled workers.
Researchers warned that job stress causing heart attacks is considered lower than other factors such as smoking and not exercising. In the study researchers found that by reducing job stress, it will contribute to lowering about 3.4% chance of getting heart attack and death. Action of quitting smoking will reduce the chance of getting heart attack by about 36%. Similarly, more exercises will reduce the chance of getting heart attack by 12%.