A new study links work pressures and stress to heart problems women may experience. Discover more details about this analysis and how to take care of your heart’s health.

Nowadays, more and more women occupy important positions in companies and in society. This is something very positive and a great advance for women who today reach places of power that used to be exclusive to men.

However, everything has its downside, and along with work responsibilities (regardless of the position they occupy) has also increased stress among girls, who must be divided between home and employment, which can cause several health problems .

This has been precisely the subject of a recent analysis, published in the specialized PLoS One , and in which researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, have studied the influence of worries and stress on work on the health of the population. heart of women.

The scientists examined and followed up the 10-year data from more than 22,000 women around 57 years of age who were taking vitamin E or aspirin to prevent cardiovascular problems and cancer, who participated in the Women’s Health Study .

After dividing the women into four groups according to the level of stress they claimed to have in their jobs (passive, active, low-tension and high-tension), the researchers found that those who had very active or high-pressure jobs demonstrated almost 40 percent more likely to have a heart problem. For example, those who had a lot of work pressure suffered more heart attacks than those who had quiet jobs.

In addition, specialists believe that stressful work can contribute to increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, not only in response to stress, which can cause hypertension and metabolic syndrome, but also because they encourage women to adopt behaviors that go against your health, such as smoking, drinking or becoming depressed.

Although it is still necessary to have more research on this subject, the risks to the heart of women are a fact. That is why, if you still believe that heart problems are an exclusive concern of men, it is time that you begin to forget that myth and pay more attention to your heart, because in reality, cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death among men. women, even more than cancer.

Remember that the symptoms of a heart attack in women may be different than in men and it does not always present with the typical pain in the chest or left arm and shortness of breath.

Sometimes it can look like indigestion and women (and some doctors) do not give it the importance it deserves. Other symptoms that do not resemble anything traditional are:

  • A lot of fatigue without apparent cause
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Neck, back, shoulder or jaw pain

Therefore, it is important that you are informed and aware of the signals that your body can give you, since it could be a heart attack, especially if you belong to what is called “risk group”.

How can you know if you are at risk? It is very likely that you are, if you meet the following characteristics:

  • You do not even do 30 minutes a day of physical activity, even if it’s walking
  • You are at risk of developing diabetes or have had this condition during one of your pregnancies
  • You are overweight
  • Do you smoke
  • You are stressed or depressed
  • You have entered menopause (you have stopped having your menstrual cycles for a year or more, at this stage the estrogen levels are lower)
  • You have the metabolic syndrome: when you have a combination of high blood pressure (hypertension), high levels of sugar and / or high triglycerides in the blood, and accumulation of fat in the abdomen area
  • You have a family history of heart problems

The good news is that you can adopt many healthy habits that help you maintain the health of your heart, such as following a good diet accompanied by an exercise routine. Talk to your doctor about this and ask for advice to put together a health plan that suits your needs and help you counteract stress and stress at work. No matter how successful you are in your work environment – and how good it is – you should not pay at the expense of the health of your heart.

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