Heart disease risks are more than just physical inactivity and obesity.
Workplace risks for heart disease are also present, and gaining spotlight. For example, vehicle exhausts releasing carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, extreme heat & cold working conditions, low job control, shift work and long working hours - these have all been listed as risk factors for work-related cardiovascular disease by Safe Work Australia.
On top of this, numerous studies discuss a relationship between stress at work and heart disease, the association between occupational noise & increased BP, shift work disruptions to cardiac rhythms and heart disease links, and the risk of too much or too little physical activity at work (heavy lifting associated with increased risk of heart attack, as well as sedentary work).
Further research into each of these is required, but conversation amongst health experts is happening and the links aren’t surprising.
The good news is though, we’re here to help!