Hypertensive women with physically demanding jobs 'at higher risk of heart disease'

17 February 2016

Women with high blood pressure who work in physically demanding jobs could be at a greater risk of heart disease.

This is according to a new study from the University of Southern Denmark, which analysed data from 12,093 female nurses. During a 15-year follow-up period, 580 nurses developed ischaemic heart disease.

Hypertensive nurses with high physical activity levels at work were at nearly three times greater a risk of heart disease than those with normal blood pressure and moderate physical activity at work.

The combination of hypertension and physically demanding work was shown to increase the risk of heart disease more than would be expected simply by adding the individual risks together.

Lead author Karen Allesoe, a PhD student at the University of Southern Denmark, said: "If our findings are replicated in other studies, there would be grounds for occupational health counselling for women with hypertension to ensure that the physical aspects of their jobs do not increase their risk of heart disease."

Physically demanding jobs may involve extensive standing and walking without breaks, or the lifting and carrying of heavy loads.

Posted by Philip Briggs


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