Study: Demanding jobs increase heart problem risks

May 6, 2010 4:32:37 PM PDT
Women who work demanding jobs may face the same risk of heart problems as men in stressful professions.

Danish researchers studied more than 12,000 nurses between the ages of 45-and-64 over a period of 15 years.

The study showed nurses who described their stress as being a little too high were 25 percent more likely to have ischemic heart disease than those who called it manageable -- that's when the heart doesn't get enough blood and oxygen.

The heart disease risk increased by 50 percent for those who called their stress level much too high.