The European Journal of Preventive Cardiology recently published a study demonstrating how people with many of the most common jobs were at an increased risk of a heart attack.
The results were especially scary for people who already had a pre-existing case of high blood pressure.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t jobs that required a long hour of sitting that were the most dangerous.
Instead, the scientists found that, when combined with high blood pressure, hard physical labor posed a serious heart attack risk.
To reach this conclusion, they analyzed the data of 12,093 female nurses, which was collected by the Danish Nurse Cohort Study from 1993 onward. The nurses were between the ages of 45 and 64 when the data was taken.
They divided the nurses into three groups who reported their exertion levels to be either low, moderate or high. In addition, they divided them into groups with high or low blood pressure.
After 15 years, during which they continued to collect the nurse’s health information, this is what they found:
• Nurses with normal blood pressure and high physical activity had five extra cases of heart diseases per 10,000 people per year over those with normal blood pressure and low physical activity.
• Nurses with high blood pressure had 15 more cases of heart disease per 10,000 people per year than those with low or normal blood pressure.
• Nurses with both high blood pressure and hard labor had 60 extra cases of heart disease per 10,000 people per year. Yes, that’s a 6% spike in heart attack risk if you work hard and have high blood pressure at the same time.
If you think about it, this is pretty alarming. High blood pressure alone is considered to be a serious risk factor for cardiovascular events.
That is why medical professionals, as well as this website, constantly stress the need to keep it under control.
But the high-risk would quadruple when you load a physically demanding job on top of hypertension.
This takes us to the four types of stress that cause high blood pressure and heart attack:
Emotional stress – such as divorce and loss of a loved one
Mental stress – such as negative thinking and worrying
Sensory stress – such as loud noise in your surrounding
Physical stress – as in the case of this study, was caused by hard physical work.
This stress accumulates over time. Also, one type of stress can lead to another. For example, if you exhaust yourself with work, it can lead to emotional stress and mental stress.