If you're a woman with a stressful job, you could have a much higher risk for serious heart problems later in life.
New research has found that women with significant job strain are almost 70 percent more likely to have a heart attack and nearly 40 percent more likely to have other cardiovascular traumas, such as a stroke, than women less stressed out by work.
"Everybody has stress. Our bodies are built to deal appropriately with appropriate stress," study author Dr. Michelle Albert, a professor in cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, told The Huffington Post. "What we're talking about are when the body's adaptive capacities are overwhelmed and can no longer adapt."
Albert and her colleagues analyzed data from more than 22,000 women over 10 years. The women answered questions about job strain, as well as how much control they felt they had at work, agreeing or disagreeing with statements like, "My job requires working very fast" and "I have a lot to say about what happens on my job."