Some jobs increase risk of heart disease

Washington, Aug 1 (IANS): Want to know if your job can give you a heart attack? Workers in service and blue-collar occupations as well as unemployed people are at increased risk for heart disease and stroke, says a new research.

Those working in the wholesale trade are at greater risk - 2.9 percent of the people in that sector had suffered heart disease or a stroke in the US.

At 0.8 percent, people working in finance and insurance had the lowest rate of heart disease, the findings from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed.

Work-related risk factors for heart disease and stroke include noise, job stress, second-hand smoke and doing shift work.

For the study, researchers analysed national health surveys conducted between 2008 and 2012 to estimate the rate of heart disease and stroke among adults younger than 55 years.

They found that the rate of heart disease and stroke was highest among people in two industries. 

One is Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services, and the other Accommodation and Food Services, Live Science reported.

Job insecurity is a common cause of stress leading to cardiovascular problems. Another factor may be working alternate shifts, researchers noted.


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