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.
- Job strain
- Occupational stress
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine