Research suggests that high stress on the job can lead to greater chances of heart attack and the stress arises from tough job expectations and lack of autonomy at the job. Previous researches for the twenty-year span of time that is from 1986 to 2006 were studied once again by the research team to relate the causes and effects. They observed that heart attacks are a likely result of high strain at the workplace.
"The [theory] that work stress influences heart health is more than 30 years old. [But] the pooling of published and unpublished studies allowed us to investigate [this] with greater precision than has been previously possible," lead study author Mika Kivimaki of University College London said about the latest research, as reported by ABC News.
Medical experts are emphasizing that the stress at the workplace needs to be managed well by the employees, as it cannot be completely eliminated. It needs to be handled and controlled. "I think this is an area where changing the job situation may not be something that we have that much control over. It may be in the long run that [we need] an alternative approach, rather than changing the work environment, that might focus on workers, try to train them in coping skills," Dr. Redford Williams, director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Duke University Medical Center said.
The risk of heart attack from the job stress is, however, not bigger than other causes of heart problems. It cannot be compared with other factors that become a causing agent for the cardiac arrest. As the ratio of heart attacks has increased to a high level, studies are focusing on the causes to bring it under control. When causes are clearly identified, remedies can be found for any problem.
"High strain is associated with an elevated risk of developing heart disease, but this excess risk is probably smaller than previously thought. For those with job strain, adopting a healthy lifestyle seems particularly important," study author Kivimaki said.
The new study would be beneficial for the people undergoing stress at their workplaces, as they would focus on the treatments and coping techniques. The extremely tough competition in the job market has greatly increased the stress level, which in turn increases the risk of health issues.