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Cardiovascular disease is a real threat for some workers

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2018 | Workplace Illness

Certain jobs carry with them an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Some do so because job-related tasks are stressful or overly sedentary, workers are exposed to excessive amounts of pollutants or are forced to work fluctuating schedules. Each of these factors can make workers more vulnerable to developing heart disease than others.

Emergency responders

Whether an individual works as a police officer or firefighter, one of the most stressful jobs someone can have is working as an emergency responder. Individuals working in these professions are often exposed to a lot of stress, they tend to eat unhealthily, are exposed to carbon monoxide and other hazardous pollutants and work long hours.

Emergency responders have historically tested as having high hypertension rates. According to researchers at, at least 45 percent of firefighters and 22 percent of police officers who’ve died on the job have died from cardiovascular disease. Only 15 percent of workers in other professions have died of the same condition.

Shift workers

Individuals who work rotating shifts, including nurses and doctors, tend to get diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and heart disease at higher rates than those who don’t.

Researchers believe that these workers’ schedules throw off their body clocks, which makes it hard for them to regulate their blood pressure and sugar. These individuals tend to smoke at greater rates than others, another factor that puts them at an increased risk of heart disease.

Tunnel or bridge workers

Researchers working on a study in the late 1980s found that workers involved in the underground or road construction sectors were 35 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than others.

One researcher at the University of Miami determined that this increased risk was likely associated with the workers’ exposure to toxic levels of carbon monoxide. This coincides with other research that shows that a person’s risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke increases the more that they’re exposed to air pollution.

Other professions that put workers at risk of developing cardiovascular disease include bus drivers, secretaries, factory workers and bartenders.

Any individual who works long or unpredictable schedules or performs high volume work is vulnerable to developing cardiovascular disease. Individuals with this condition may find that they’re unable to work as they have in the past. If your health has declined, then a Dauphin attorney may advise you that you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability.


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