Skip to main content

Stressful Job Tied to Greater Risk of Heart Rhythm Disorder

People with stressful jobs may be at greater risk for atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart rhythm disorder, according to a new Swedish study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

The findings show that being stressed at work is linked to a 48 percent higher risk of atrial fibrillation, after adjustment for age, sex, and education. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include palpitations, weakness, fatigue, feeling light headed, dizziness and shortness of breath.

The most stressful jobs are those that are both psychologically demanding and give employees little control over their work situation; for example, assembly line workers, bus drivers, secretaries, and nurses.

“We need people to do these jobs but employers can help by making sure staff have the resources required to complete the assigned tasks. Bosses should schedule breaks and listen to employees’ ideas on how the work itself and the work environment can be improved,” said Dr. Eleonor Fransson, study author and associate professor of epidemiology at Jönköping University, Sweden.

Atrial fibrillation causes 20-30 percent of all strokes and increases the risk of premature death. One in four middle-aged adults in Europe and the U.S. will develop atrial fibrillation.

“Atrial fibrillation is a common condition with serious consequences and therefore it is of major public health importance to find ways of preventing it. Little is known about risk factors for the disease and especially the role of the work environment,” said Fransson.

For the study, the researchers investigated the link between work stress and atrial fibrillation. The data involved 13,200 participants enrolled into the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH) in 2006, 2008, or 2010.

Participants were employed and had no history of atrial fibrillation, heart attack, or heart failure. At study inclusion, participants completed postal surveys on sociodemographics, lifestyle, health and work-related factors.

Work stress was defined as job strain, which reflects jobs with high psychological demands combined with low control over the work situation.

The survey included five questions on job demands and six on control. For example:

  • Do you have to work very hard or very fast?
  • Are there conflicting demands in your work?
  • Do you have enough time to complete your work tasks?
  • Does your work include a lot of repetition?
  • Can you decide how and what to do at work?

During a median follow-up of 5.7 years, 145 cases of atrial fibrillation were identified from national registers.

“In the general working population in Sweden, employees with stressful jobs were almost 50 percent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation. The estimated risk remained even after we took into account other factors such as smoking, leisure time physical activity, body mass index and hypertension,” said Fransson.

The authors then compared their findings with two other studies on the same topic, and found that job strain was associated with a 37 percent increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

“Across studies there was a consistent pattern of work stress being a risk factor for atrial fibrillation,” said Fransson.

“Work stress has previously been linked with coronary heart disease. Work stress should be considered a modifiable risk factor for preventing atrial fibrillation and coronary heart disease,” she said. “People who feel stressed at work and have palpitations or other symptoms of atrial fibrillation should see their doctor and speak to their employer about improving the situation at work.”

Source: European Society of Cardiology



from Psych Central News https://ift.tt/2sOJpU6
via IFTTT

Become a patron of The Carlisle Wellness Network. Show everyone that you think this service is worth at least a buck. Go to; https://www.patreon.com/carlislewellness and pledge one dollar per month and help improve the resources it takes to gather the articles you see here as well as create fresh content including interviews an podcasts. We only need one dollar per month from all of our patrons to give The Carlisle Wellness Network a bright furture in the health and wellness social media ecosystem.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Hair Pulling, Nail Biting, Skin Peeling and Biting

All my life I’ve bitten my nails. It’s caused me a lot of trouble, especially with my bipolar mother who has always thought screaming and shouting at me (and often a smack when I was younger) would make me stop.At around 7 I also started biting and peeling the skin on my fingers which has caused a lot of social and health issues for me from being to ashamed to join in with prayers at school, to getting my fingers getting a fungal infection causing long lasting damage to my fingers.Soon after I started to pull out the tiny hairs on my legs during school assembles and by 12 I began to pull my eyebrow hair out.How can I stop doing this to myself? I don’t even realise I’m doing it half the time (I started biting the skin around my fingers just writing this and caused it to bleed a little). I’m afraid to bring this up with my parents because of how they have reacted in the past and I’m far too embarrassed to ask anyone I would typically trust. It has severally impacted how I interact with …

Painful Memories Evoke More Intense Emotions in Those With Depression

People with major depressive disorder (MDD) experience more intense negative emotions while recalling painful memories compared to non-depressed people, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.And although those with MDD were able to turn down their negative emotions about as well as non-depressed people, they used different brain circuits to do so.The new findings pinpoint brain differences in MDD associated with the processing of autobiographical memories — one’s memories of personal events and knowledge of one’s life — that help us develop our sense of self and guide our interactions with the world around us.“This study provides new insights into the changes in brain function that are present in major depression,” said journal editor Cameron Carter, M.D. “It shows differences in how memory systems are engaged during emotion processing in depression and how people with the disorder must regulate these systems i…

New video by FDMX Fitness on YouTube

TRX Back and Shoulder workout
Here we are back with the TRX Suspension trainer for a back and shoulder workout! We will be wearing our polar h7 heart rate monitors, to keep track of our heart rate zones and calories burned. We will be doing the following exercises in this TRX workout video 1. TRX Shoulder press 2. TRX Low Rows 3. TRX W-Drills/ TRX L-Drills 4. TRX Mid Rows 5. TRX Shoulder press 6. TRX High Rows 7. TRX W-Drills/ TRX L-Drills 8. TRX Mid Rows Be sure to check out all of our TRX workout videos at http://ift.tt/2n62Kj3


View on YouTube

Become a patron of The Carlisle Wellness Network. Show everyone that you think this service is worth at least a buck. Go to; http://ift.tt/2i70pBW and pledge one dollar per month and help improve the resources it takes to gather the articles you see here as well as create fresh content including interviews an podcasts. We only need one dollar per month from all of our patrons to give The Carlisle Wellness Network a bright furture in the health an…