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Physically demanding jobs raise heart disease risk for hypertensive women

Physically demanding jobs raise heart disease risk for hypertensive women

Women with high blood pressure who have physically demanding jobs are almost three times more likely to develop ischemic heart disease, compared with women with normal blood pressure in less active employment.

In the US, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, responsible for around 1 in 3 female deaths each year.

Previous research has suggested that highly active jobs may raise the risk of heart disease for both men and women.

For this latest study, Allesøe and colleagues set out to determine whether physically demanding jobs may exacerbate heart disease risk for women with high blood pressure, or hypertension – another known risk factor for heart disease.

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