Ken Guest Blogs: Work yourself into a heart attack

This Guest Blog Post is from Ken Huang, one of Dr. T’s Health Psychology students:

This NPR article discusses some striking long-term implications from stress. Researchers looked at data from 200,000 participants from 13 different studies over an average of 7.5 years and found that those who reported having a stressful job had a 23% higher heart attack than those who reported not having a stressful job. The key factors were that the people with stressful jobs felt that they had little control over their jobs and were under heavy work expectations. Even though this study was primarily observational, these findings still provide plenty of food for thought about the possible dangers of chronic stress.