Heart Health Research

Health: Heart Research

There are a lot of studies to help fight heart disease, and recently one showed a link between a person's career and their heart health.

Researchers looked at seven health behaviors of over 60,000 people across 22 occupations, including smoking status, physical activity, diet, and blood pressure. Those in the forestry, farming, arts, sports, and media industries were most likely to have a heart healthy lifestyle.  However, truck drivers and social service workers were least likely.

Those jobs where you sit most of the day are having added heart health concerns.The American Heart Association has released a scientific statement, saying a sedentary lifestyle may be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke regardless of how much physical activity a person gets otherwise. Most U.S. adults are sedentary for about six to eight hours a day.

An irregular heartbeat is also linked to more serious health conditions than previously thought. Atrial fibrillation is known to increase the risk of stroke, but researchers wanted to see how it affected other cardiovascular issues. Researchers found it was associated with a higher risk of kidney disease, heart failure, heart attack, and sudden cardiac death.

When it comes to stress, young women with heart disease may have an increased risk of a heart attack. Researchers at Emory university used imaging tests to examine patients with coronary heart disease. Stressed out women under 50 were much more likely to have reduced blood flow in their hearts than men or older women with similar stress levels, which can lead to a heart attack.

Experts say doctors should ask young female patients about their stress and recommend ways to help them to relax.

(NBC Contributed)

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