The US study found that women in stressful jobs stand an 88 per cent raised risk of a heart attack alongside a heightened risk of stroke and the need for coronary artery bypass surgery.
Experts believe this could be linked to the release of certain stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which in large quantities can damage the cardiovascular system.
Much previous cardiovascular disease research has tended to focus on the impact of job stress among men and experts are now concerned that heart disease in women has been overlooked making them less likely to recognise the symptoms and seek medical help.
Researcher Dr Michelle Albert has said: ”It is crucial that employers monitor job stress, and take action to try to alleviate it”.
Often job strain begins because the individual in question has very limited opportunities to make decisions or use their creative and individual skills.
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