A recent study has revealed that men who experience specific types of job-related stress may face a higher risk of heart disease compared to those who do not. The research followed over 6,500 white-collar workers for 18 years and identified two job-related conditions that were linked to increased cardiovascular risks.
One of the conditions, known as job strain, is characterized by high demands such as heavy workloads and tight deadlines, coupled with low control, such as having little say in decision making. The other condition, called effort-reward imbalance, occurs when a person puts in high effort but receives low salary, recognition or job security in return.
It is important to note that while this study specifically focused on men, the findings may also apply to women. Additionally, it’s crucial to address any workplace stressors promptly to reduce the risk of negative health outcomes. Harvard Health Publishing provides access to archived content as a service to its readers. Despite the date of last review or update on all articles, it is important to note that no content on this site should be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from a doctor or other qualified clinician.