Stressful Jobs Leads to Heart Attacks in Women, Too

A major study points to a strong correlation between high stress jobs for women and their risk of heart attack. And if that wasn’t bad enough, worry about losing that high stress job also increases women’s risk for stroke, clogged arteries as well as heart attack.

In what many people are saying is a research project which is in itself a sign of the times, this giant, federally funded study is the longest major project to look at stress in women specifically, since they now make up practically half of the work force. Most studies about this issue have studied men in the work force.

“The reality is these women don’t have the same kind of jobs as men” and often lack authority or control over their work, said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of the Women and Heart Disease program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “It’s not just going to work; it’s what happens when you get there.”

Supplementing Your Income

If you are like many other students in that you do not have enough disposable income for your college days, then it is important to plan ahead.  This means probably getting some kind of gainful employment.  Of course, in an ideal world, this would be in the field in which you are studying.  But, unfortunately, in the real world, this might not be so realistic.  So your next criteria should be at least doing something you enjoy.  Try and find a place of employment that has a good reputation for treating their staff well.  Make sure you have a contract that specifies your terms as well as your pay, sick days, etc.  The more that is written in black and white, the better off you will be. Do not let yourself get taken advantage of; too often students are desperate for money and employers know this.  Stand up for yourself and your rights; you are offering them a service as much as they are helping you out with employment. No one is doing anyone any favors here.