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Poor psychosocial environment at work increases employee's heart problem risk

Written by Poorva Chavan |Updated : February 3, 2015 10:03 AM IST

Have you recently observed that your blood pressure or your blood cholesterol levels have increased even after taking enough care of your health? This could be because of some environmental factors at your workplace. A study has revealed that employees are unable to manage their work properly if they are working in a poor psychosocial environment at work which might give rise to heart problems. The study conducted at the University of Gothenburg, also said that employees do not fell sufficiently appreciated for the contributions they make. (Read: Is your workplace making you ill?)

According to the study, men who do not have heart problems but who experience poor psychosocial work conditions, often have warning signs for coronary artery disease, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol values. Mia Soderberg, lead researcher, also drew the conclusion that these men more often change jobs and points out here a difference between women and men.

She also said that the labour market is no longer dominated by industry, but work instead, deals more and more with knowledge processes and contact with other people and in work-related illness, they have also seen a shift from a focus on physical risk factors to a greater need to examine psychosocial factors. (Read: Why are more and more young men suffering from lifestyle diseases?)

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With inputs from ANI

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