Association between job strain status and cardiovascular risk in a population of Taiwanese white-collar workers

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Abstract

Using data from a survey of a white-collar working population in Taiwan (438 women, 526 men), the relation between job strain status and cardiovascular risk factors (high serum total cholesterol, low serum high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and high plasma fibrinogen) was examined. Job strain indicators, defined by Karasek's model, included psychological demand and decision latitude. Blood pressure, cholesterol and fibrinogen were analyzed as continuous variables, whereas psychological demand and decision latitude were dichotomized into 2 levels and job strain into 4 exposure categories. Plasma fibrinogen was significantly and positively associated with job strain status in both male and female workers and also with decision latitude in female workers only. No consistent association between job strain status and total serum and HDL cholesterol was detectable. In conclusion, plasma fibrinogen is a possible intermediate factor linking occupational stress to elevated cardiovascular risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-513
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Circulation Journal
Volume65
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Cholesterol
  • Fibrinogen
  • Job strain
  • Occupational stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology

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