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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Avoiding conflict at work may be linked to increased heart risks

From the ACC:

Bloombergg News (11/24, Cortez) reports that "men who suppress their anger about unfair treatment at work are...more likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease than those who quickly vent their frustration," according to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Researchers "enrolled healthy Swedish men with an average age of 41 in the study from 1992 through 1995, then tracked them for a decade to compare a range of work and health factors."       

MedPage Today (11/23, Smith) reported that the researchers found that "those who used 'covert coping' techniques when they felt they had been unfairly treated were more likely to have an MI or die of ischemic heart disease." This "finding extends earlier research that showed that covert coping -- walking away from a conflict and dealing with the anger 'indirectly and introvertly' -- increases cardiovascular risk factors." The UK's Press Association (11/24), BBC News (11/24), The UK's Daily Mail (11/24, Martin), Reuters (11/24), WebMD (11/23, Hendrick), and HealthDay (11/23, Edelson) also covered the story
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