For the first time, scientists linked stressful jobs to heart disease in young women, according to research reported Thursday.
While the link is already widely explored in men, a study of Danish female nurses found that those who said their jobs were stressful were more likely to develop heart problems.
Women who said their work pressures were "a little too high" were 25 percent more likely to suffer heart disease than those who said their job was manageable.
Those who said their work pressures were "much too high" were 35 percent more likely to suffer once lifestyle factors, such as smoking, were taken into account.
The study was published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine and looked at the impact of work pressures on heart disease risk among 12,116 nurses in Denmark.