Women's Safety and Health Issues at Work
Health Concerns: Heart Disease
Little is known about job risks for coronary heart disease. Studies have found heart disease in some people may be linked to certain chemical and physical factors:
- Exposure to certain chemicals, such as carbon disulfide, nitroglycerin and carbon monoxide, has been found to affect the heart.
- Environmental tobacco smoke, extreme heat, and extreme cold are possible risk factors for heart disease.
- Many studies have found a link between work-related stress and heart disease.
- There is also evidence that job noise and increased blood pressure may be linked, as well as shift work and heart disease.
- Though more physical activity results in less heart disease, heavy lifting (in work and non-work settings) has been linked with increased chance of heart attack.
Recent investigations of cardiovascular deaths of female fire fighters:
Associations of occupation, job control and job demands with intima-media thickness: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
In a study in which women made up more than half of the subjects, blue-collar jobs and low levels of job control were associated with the development of subclinical atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries without apparent symptoms).
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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