Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia found that female Social Workers top the list for heart disease risk. They were found to be 36% more likely to cardiovascular problems. Retail cashiers fell shortly behind Social Workers with a 33% higher risk. And the third group in line, Home Health Aids and Psychiatrists, had an elevated risk half that of cashiers at 16% higher risk. The fourth and final profession noted was definitely not a surprise to me. I work alongside these women and know how hard they work – nurses were 14% more likely to have heart problems.
Are There Any Jobs Good For Women’s Heart Health?
Luckily, there are! Researchers found a few professions to actually be beneficial for heart health. Female real estate brokers and sales agents had a 24% lower risk of heart disease. Also making the list were administrative assistants who saw an 11% lower risk for heart issues.
Why Do You Think Some Careers Create Greater Risk For Heart Issues?
For this, I’ll have to speculate, as the researchers did not give a particular reason for the discrepancy. These careers can affect heart health in a myriad of ways. Work stress, sitting in the same position for too long, and long work hours are a few causes that can increase anyone’s risk for heart issues. Does that mean the answer is to quit your job and change careers? Sure, that’s a possibility if you’re too stressed or really don’t like your job. But job stress will likely happen anywhere, regardless of career. That is why it’s really important to know how to handle stress in a way that doesn’t negatively impact your health. Doing things like yoga, meditation, and exercise are great ways to channel stressful energy and release tension. And, of course, don’t forget to get enough sleep, eat healthily, and never smoke.