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…But Unemployed Individuals Are Also at Risk

Stressed BusinesswomanWork can be stressful, right?

Turns out that some jobs can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke more than others.

A study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that people working in the service industry or who work blue-collar jobs are more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease or stroke compared to those with white-collar jobs.

Two industries are especially at risk: 1) Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services (yes, that’s one category in the study!) and 2) Accommodation and Food Service.

Among unemployed people younger than 55 who are looking for a job, the rate of heart attack and stroke was high at 2.5%, compared to just 1.9% of employed adults.

Factors that increase job stress include exposure to air pollution, like dust and secondhand smoke, and noise, according to the study’s lead researcher.

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