Work Stress and Blood Pressure

There is a strong evidence that work stress – high job demands and low job control – is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, including high blood pressure.

A recent study by Mc Carthy, Perry and Greiner published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, investigated the association of different components – such as using or developing skills and autonomy or authority over work - of job control in a middle aged Irish primary care sample using clinic and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.

Study Objectives

a) examine the blood pressure levels of the participants (both workers and non-workers)
b) explore the relationship between job control dimensions and blood pressure
c) investigate night-time systolic blood pressure dipping among workers

Basic Information

Number of participants: 2047

Age: 50-69 years

Job control was measured using 2 scales: possibility for development and influence at work.

Data were collected on: sociodemographic factors, medication, clinic and ambulatory blood pressure.
Night-time (nocturnal) systolic blood pressure was the reduction in systolic blood pressure from day- to night-time using ambulatory blood pressure readings.

Study findings

The risk of high blood pressure increases as you age. Older workers with high job control are at more risk of cardiovascular disease resulting from high day- and night-time blood pressure with no evidence of night-time dipping, that is: reduction in blood pressure from day to night-time, a strong predictor of cardiovascular mortality.

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