Stress factor

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Smoking or remaining chained to your desk, are still 2 of the most damaging aspects for your heart health. 

In Europe, a study of nearly 200 000 people, from 7 European countries, showed that 3.4% of heart attacks can be attributed to job strain - a significant proportion, but less than the 36%  attributed to smoking and 12% put down to lack of exercise.

The study was published online in The Lancet medical journal. Researchers analysed job strain in employees who had no previous coronary heart disease (CHD). Participants completed questionnaires about their job demands, workload, the level of time-pressure demands and their freedom to make decisions.

"Findings indicate that job strain is associated with a small, but consistent, increased risk of experiencing a heart attack." said Mika Kivimaki from University College London, who led the research.

Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said the findings confirmed that being under stress at work and being unable to change the situation could increase the risk of developing heart disease. However the damage is smaller than that caused by smoking or lack of exercise.

“Eating a balanced diet, taking regular exercise and quitting smoking will more than offset any risk associated with your job.” 
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