Thursday, 12 April 2007

Job stress = raised blood pressure

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The connection between being stressed at work and the overall rise in blood pressure has been studied several times. So much has the correlation between stress and blood pressure woes that it's a common "fact" in many circles.

The actual blood pressure increase (not huge, but significant) due to work-related stress is enough to confer a substantial risk of heart disease according to a new study out of Belgium.

Why is everyone so stressed from work, then? Things like "high psychological demands" in combination with low job control ends up being the culprit in the minds of many experts. What do you think?

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