Could your chosen profession determine the health of your heart? New research suggests that it may.
Scientists analyzed data from more than 65,000 postmenopausal women in the United States and found several jobs were associated with poor heart health. Compared to women with other occupations, the risk of poor heart health was: 36% higher in social workers; 33% higher in retail cashiers; 16% higher in health care providers, especially in the fields of nursing, psychiatry and home health aides; and 14% higher in registered nurses.
The researchers from Drexel University’s School of Public Health, in Philadelphia were surprised. “These women are likely more knowledgeable about cardiovascular health risk factors. We interpret this to mean that it’s important to look beyond individual factors, such as health knowledge, to better understand the context of health care and other jobs that negatively impact cardiovascular health in women.”
The findings help pinpoint which women might benefit from workplace health programs to improve heart health, the researchers noted.
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