Bullying, violence at work increases your risk of heart attacks and stroke, a new study warns. People who are bullied or exposed to violence at the workplace may be more likely to develop heart and brain blood vessel problems, than those who don’t experience such issues on the job.
The new research found that exposure to bullying increased the risk of CVD by 120 percent, while exposure to frequent violence raised cerebrovascular disease risk by 36 percent.
Scientists analyzed data on more than 79,000 working men and women, aged between 19 and 65 years, without a history of any heart disease. They found that about 9 percent of these people reported they had been exposed to violence and 13 percent reported being violated at the workplace in the prior year.
The researchers followed these people for an average follow-up period of more than 12 years. Their analysis found that 3,229 people of these workers developed heart disease and hospitalized for problems like a heart attack or stroke.
“If we can eliminate workplace bullying and workplace violence, the impact on cardiovascular disease prevention would be similar to if we prevent diabetes and risky alcohol drinking,” said Tianwei Xu of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, who is the lead author of the study.
The researchers explain in the European Heart Journal that stress, violence, and bullying might lead to mood disorders such as depression, anxiety or promotes unhealthy habits like drinking too much, smoking.
researchers notes, “It is important to prevent workplace bullying and workplace violence from happening, as they constitute major stressors for those exposed and have policies for intervening if bullying or violence occurs.”