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Warning signs that job stress is affecting your heart

Most Council Bluffs workers know that they can get workers' compensation benefits if they suffer a job-related injury or illness. However, many do not realize that heart disease, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular illnesses may fall under the category of job-related, too.

If you're suffering from cardiovascular problems because of job-caused stress, you probably know who you are. Maybe you've got three month's worth of work on your desk, and only two weeks to finish it. If this scenario happens once or twice a year, you might be able to deal with it. However, if the stress and pressure is a normal occurrence, it can result in deadly health consequences over time.

Is your work-related stress hurting your heart

There are many warning signs stressed workers should look for to determine if their work is hurting their heart. Here are a few of the most important warning signs of job-related heart problems:

  • Your heartbeat speeds up when you're at work. Your palms get sweaty, and you can feel the blood pressure rising.
  • You're snapping regularly at your family and friends. You feel upset and tired all of the time.
  • You can't concentrate when you're at work.
  • At night, you have a hard time sleeping because your mind is racing with work concerns.
  • Colds are a more regular occurrence for you.
  • You drink alcohol excessively or overeat in order to cope with your emotions.

Every person handles job stress in a different way

You might look at a colleague who is happy and stress-free doing the same job as you. What's important to remember is that each person handles job stress in a different way. Just because one person is thriving in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment doesn't mean that you should have to handle it.

Medical research has proven that people in high-stress work environments have a higher chance of suffering a heart attack. As such, it's important to take proactive steps to reduce your stress levels, especially if they're affecting your heart. As such, if you're feeling overwhelmed by job stress, be sure to speak with your boss and your medical provider as soon as possible.

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