Think your job is going to kill you, heart healthy living may be able to save you
Studies have shown that high stress jobs are bad for the heart. My patients routinely report to me that the stress of work is effecting not just their emotional but physical well being. New evidence now suggests that heart healthy living and avoiding known lifestyle risk factors: smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, and heavy drinking, can reduce the chance of symptomatic heart disease. Of the 102,128 healthy participants in the studies, 15,986 reported job strain. That subset was then sorted into these groups: healthy (no lifestyle risk factors), moderately unhealthy (one risk factor), and unhealthy (two to four risk factors).The primary endpoint was first myocardial infarction or death from cardiovascular disease.Adults who reported job strain and lived an unhealthy lifestyle were more than twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease in 10 years (HR 2.55, 95% CI 2.18 to 2.98) for a population attributable risk of 26.4%.Take home message: While we may not be able to decrease our job related stress, heart healthy living can dramatically reduce the chance that our job will kill us.