Don't stress at work — it could give you heart disease

December 15, 2018 - 3:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Clocking in each day to a high-pressure job does more than make your life miserable. It also increases your risk for heart disease.

Can’t make a career switch? A healthy lifestyle may protect your heart from the pressure. Long hours, a demanding environment, and a lack of control all contribute to job strain. 

People who feel it have about a 4 percent greater risk of developing heart disease over a seven-year span than those in less demanding positions. For every 1,000 people with a high-stress job, having a healthy lifestyle decreased the number who developed heart disease from 31 to 15 — that’s a 53 percent lower risk.