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Is Your Job Increasing Your Risk for Stroke?

While previous research has linked stressful jobs to heart attacks, a new study published in Stroke has linked job stress to ischemic stroke, Reuters reports. Out of the approximate 200,000 adults analyzed, 13 to 22 percent were classified as having high job strain. The authors found that people with high-stress jobs were at a 24 percent greater risk for ischemic stroke than others. The risk for hemorrhagic stroke remained the same between both groups. While this does not prove that stressful jobs cause strokes, the link makes sense since the release of stress-related hormones can affect the cardiovascular, immunological and metabolic systems. Much like heart attacks, ischemic strokes are closely linked to atherosclerosis.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in the journal Stroke.