Job stress and cardiovascular risk factors in male workers

Myung Gun Kang, Sang Baek Koh, Bong Suk Cha, Jong Ku Park, Soon Koo Baik, Sei Jin Chang

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Background. This study examined whether job stress (work demand and decision latitude) is associated with smoking, blood pressure, lipid level (total cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL cholesterol), and homocystein as risk factors for cardiovascular disease in Korean male workers. Methods. Study subjects of this study were recruited from a sample of 1,071 workers in 20 companies of W city and H counties, and they were grouped into four categories (high strain group, active group, passive group, and low strain group) based on the postulation of Karasek's Job Strain Model. Of them, we invited 160 male workers (40 people each subgroup) using a stratified sampling, and finally, 152 eligible participants were analyzed. Results. In multivariate analyses, we found that decision latitude was associated with cholesterol, triglyceride, and homocystein and that work demand was related to smoking and systolic blood pressure. Job strain (the combination of high work demand with low decision latitude) was significantly related to higher levels of homocystein after controlling for age, BMI, smoking, and social support at workplace. Conclusions. These results indicate that job stress is associated with cardiovascular risk factors and might contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease. Some considerations for the future research were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-588
Number of pages6
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005 May

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Funding Information:
This study was funded by a grant from Institute of Occupational Medicine of Wonju College of Medicine Yonsei University of 2003, Wonju, South Korea.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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