Are you overworked and underpaid? While the underpaid part is significant, it’s the overworked part that may have an immediate impact on your health.
According to an 11-year study, people who work at least 10 hours a day are more likely to suffer serious heart problems, including heart attacks, than people who only work seven hours a day.
There is apparently a little flexibility with the safe work time. If you put a couple extra hours in, it’s not associated with an increased heart problem risk.
There are many foods that are bad for your heart health. But your emotional health can play a role as well. In a new Swedish study, men who tend to bottle up their anger about being unfairly treated in their place of employment have double the risk of a heart attack.
Researchers from Stockholm looked at 2,755 male employees who had not had a heart attack before the study began.
The men were asked which coping methods they used. They were asked if they dealt with problems head-on, or if they didn’t say anything and just walked away from conflict. Also, the researchers asked if they developed symptoms such as headache or stomach ache or got into arguments at home. (more…)
Maybe you’re not a hypochondriac, but when you get a sudden pain in the chest, you can’t help at least think about it: is that gas, or worse… a heart attack!
Okay, most of you probably aren’t that worried. But wouldn’t you like to know the difference between simple gas pains, and something much worse? In 2005, there were 445,687 deaths in the United States that were as a result of a heart attack or angina. That’s about one of every five deaths! So, maybe it is a good idea to know the difference, huh? (more…)
This morning on the Today Show, they discussed eight signs women should not ignore and the causes of them. I found this very informative and helpful information for us all. Below are the five signs and symptoms that women should not ignore that I found to be the most pressing. You can view the list in its entirety at the Today Show.
- Flu-like symptoms: (Fatigue, chills, sweating, nausea) Most likely caused by a virus, but could be a sign of a heart attack. Other signs of a heart attack could be: pain in chest, dizziness, shortness of breath, or pain in the back or arms.
- Burning or tingling feet: Most likely caused by tight fitting shoes, but could be a sign of pre-diabetes. Other signs of diabetes are excessive weight loss, extreme hunger and thirst, or fatigue. (more…)
… And no, we’re not talking about heartburn from the cheese dip. Experts have noticed that heart attack cases rose significantly in Munich, Germany when their nation’s soccer team was in the World Cup. I know this has translated to football in the U.S., because a fan of my favorite team went down with a heart attack when the Pittsburgh Steelers nearly lost a game on their way to the Super Bowl a couple years back.
So, this Sunday, stay calm and try some heart-healthy snacks.
Home is where the heart is, but anger is where the heart attack lurks. A new report from the Medical University of South Carolina reveals that having anger issues may earn men with prehypertension a quick trip to heart disease. The same could also be true for women, but further studies are needed.
The data came from 2,334 American adults aged 48-67. They were followed for 4-8 years during the 1990s. Chronically angry men were moderately more likely to develop high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart disease than their calmer counterparts.
For men and women alike, long-term psychological stress was linked to heart disease. And the results didn’t change when the researchers factored in age, sex, race, smoking status, and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.