Women said they wanted equality on the job and they are getting it, at least where heart disease is concerned. It used to be that it was predominantly men who experienced the risk for heart disease that came from pressures at work.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine has published a study to learn more about the effects of work pressure on women and heart disease. Over 12,000 nurses took part in the Danish Nurse Cohort Study.
They were quizzed about work in 1993, and followed from that time until 2008. Nurses who felt their work created too much pressure had a higher chance of heart disease than those who found their work pressures to be at acceptable levels.
"But those who felt work pressures were much too high were almost 50% more likely to have ischaemic heart disease. After taking account of risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking and lifestyle, the risk fell to 35%, but still remained significant."