A recent study revealed that women are equal to men in yet another way, and this one is not just a good one. Previous studies have shown that work related stress is bad for men and increases their heart disease risk and now it would seem that work stress increases heart risk for women as well.

job stressA large federally funded study was conducted which showed that work stress contributed to the risk of women developing clogged arteries and suffering heart attacks and strokes.

And it isn’t just work stress that emanates directly from the work to be done; it is also the stress that comes from the fear of losing a job that raises the risk of heart disease.

This is the first time that such as large scale study which was led by Dr. Michelle Albert, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, has observed the impact of work stress on women, who make up nearly half the workforce.

According to Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of the Women and Heart Disease program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, women have different kinds of jobs than men do – women are less often in positions of authority and may therefore have less control over their work.