But what about the ERA? What are the libtards saying now? Don't they care?
NEW YORK (AP) – Women with high-stress jobs face about 88 percent more risk of a heart attack than if they had low workplace stress, Harvard University researchers said.
The scientists defined the stressful positions as those with demanding tasks and little authority or creativity. Those jobs also were associated with a 40 percent greater chance of getting any kind of cardiovascular disease, according to a study presented Sunday in Chicago at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions.
Job strain, social isolation and some personality traits have been recognized as raising risks in both men and women, according to the Dallas-based heart association. The new study represents the longest-running examination of the cardiovascular effects of job strain on women, the Harvard scientists said.
“The big thing is, what’s happening to you now in terms of mental tension has long-term effects on your health,” said Michelle Albert, the study’s senior author, who’s an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a cardiologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, both in Boston.
The study analyzed job strain in 17,415 participants from the Women’s Health Study, a U.S. project that began in 1991 and ended last year, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, based in Bethesda, Md.
Researchers used a questionnaire to determine whether women experienced job strain.
The best way to respond to stress may be to increase physical activity, carve out time for meditation or other soothing activities, and spend time with a peer group of confidantes, Albert said in a telephone interview.
Employers may wish to create less-stressful environments, because workers who are under strain are more likely to be ill and miss work, Albert said.
Doctors should ask patients about their stress, she said, because the heart-attack risk linked to psychological stress is almost as great as the risk associated with high levels of blood cholesterol.
“Doctors need to ask questions to get a clue about stressors,” Albert said.
Stress stimulates a biological response in animals called “fight or flight,” Albert said. This may raise the heart rate and blood pressure, and have negative effects on the cells of the heart, she said.
Stress also can cause levels of cortisol, a hormone found in the body, to rise, increasing the likelihood of obesity, according to the website of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Obesity is an additional risk factor for heart disease.
The Snooper Report.
Join us as we Take Our Country Back.
Sic vis pacem para bellum