Nursing

Blog spotlight: Stressed out nurses more likely to have heart attacks

Nurse Leader Insider, June 14, 2010

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The New York Times recently blogged about studies regarding the ill effects of workplace stress. However, when reading the article, one particular statistic caught my attention: Nurses struggling with excessive work pressure have DOUBLE the risk for a heart attack.

This statistic comes from a study conducted by Danish researchers (the full study can be found here) and was conducted over a 15-year period. In addition to this finding, a British study tracked 6,000 workers for 11 years and found those regularly working more than 10 hours per day had a 60% higher risk for heart disease than those who only worked seven hours daily.

Both these thoughts are frightening, as most nurses work more than seven hours per day, and can be even more prone to have a heart attack!

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