Having a highly demanding job, but little control over it, could be a deadly combination, UK researchers say.
They analysed 13 existing European studies covering nearly 200,000 people and found "job strain" was linked to a 23% increased risk of heart attacks and deaths from coronary heart disease.
The risk to the heart was much smaller than for smoking or not exercising, the Lancet medical journal report said.
The British Heart Foundation said how people reacted to work stress was key.Job strain is a type of stress. The research team at University College London said working in any profession could lead to strain, but it was more common in lower skilled workers. Read More
Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may cut their risk of heart problems, a study suggests, but experts are still cautious about long-term safety risks.
Published in the journal BMJ, the study also found HRT is not associated with an increased risk of cancer or stroke - but past studies have shown a link.
The Department of Health advises women to only use it on a short-term basis.The researchers traced 1,000 women over 10 years - half of them were on HRT. Read More
Stroke Sufferers are Getting Younger Due to Poor Diet: Researchers
Younger people are increasingly suffering strokes because of their unhealthy lifestyle, research has found.
The average of someone suffering a stroke has fallen from 71 years in 1993/4 to 69 years in 2005 and study published in the journal Neurology found.It was also found that 13 per cent of strokes occurred in people aged under 55 in 1993/4 which increased to 19 per cent in 2005. Read More
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NHS Heart Surgeons Could Be Trained in India to Gain Enough Experience
NHS heart surgeons will soon have to be trained in India because European Union rules on working hours are stopping young doctors getting the operating theatre experience they need, according to one of India's leading cardiac specialists.
Seven NHS registrars will go to India in the next few months to work up to 18 hours a day, performing four heart operations per shift, to get the experience they need to become consultants in Britain, according to Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya cardiac hospital in Bangalore.
"It's only a matter of time before those in Europe and the United States have to send their surgeons to India for training," he said. "In India the number of procedures by every centre is very large, so in a very short period a surgeon gets exposed to a very large number of surgeries.Read More