USA: Job strain causes heart disease in women

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Traditionally seen as a ‘male’ health problem, cardiovascular disease has been shown to be 40% more prevalent in women with high ‘job strain’, according to a study which followed 17 415 healthy women over 10 years.

Job strain is defined as being due to ‘a demanding job that provides limited opportunity for decision making or to use one’s creative or individual skills.’

The study found that job insecurity was a complementary risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The researchers also stressed that heart disease in women can be missed since they often present with less common symptoms including back pain, burning in the chest and abdominal discomfort and at a more advanced stage of the disease.