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June/July 2010 (vol. 07/1)

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IHD risk due to work pressure

A Danish cohort study finds increased ischaemic heart disease (IHD) risk due to work pressure. A total of 12,116 nurses aged at least 45 years (median age 51) were followed up for 15 years. Working conditions, occupational status, health and lifestyle were assessed by questionnaire. Those reporting excessive work pressure had a 35% higher risk of IHD after adjusting for age and other known risk factors. Adjusting for shiftwork or physical activity at work had little effect on the risk estimates.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2010; 67:318–322.

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2010 (vol. 07/1) pp39