Suffering stress at work increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease, especially if it is accompanied by unhealthy lifestyle habits, according to research that has analyzed data from seven cohort studies, which are part of a European project in the that more than a hundred thousand healthy people participated during a period of 15 years (between 1985 and 2000).
The authors of the research sought to determine whether the adoption of a healthy lifestyle would contribute to reducing this risk of coronary artery disease in those subjected to work-related stress.
The incidence of coronary artery disease was 31.2 per 1,000 among people with work stress and an unhealthy lifestyle, compared to 14.7 per 1,000 among those who, despite suffering stress at work, wore a style of Healthy life
The volunteers - men and women - came from Belgium, Finland, France, the United Kingdom and Sweden, and were between the ages of 17 and 70. Scientists divided them into three categories of lifestyle, taking into account factors such as smoking or alcohol consumption, physical activity or sedentary lifestyle, and obesity. In this way, they considered that a healthy lifestyle lacked these risk factors, a moderately healthy one included a risk factor, and the unhealthy one had between two and four risk factors.
The authors of the study observed that the incidence of coronary artery disease at 10 years of follow-up was 31.2 per 1,000 among people with work-related stress and an unhealthy lifestyle, compared to 14.7 per 1,000 in the participants of the study. I study that, despite suffering stress at work, led a healthy lifestyle.
The conclusions of this investigation - which has been published in Canadian Medical Association Journal- corroborate that positive changes in lifestyle, such as quitting smoking or avoiding overweight, can reduce the chances of developing diseases, even if the patient suffers stress in the performance of their professional activity.