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Emotional stress is linked to the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

A new study conducted by Spanish researchers analyses the relationship between job stress and different parameters associated with how fatty acids are metabolised in the body.

The study, published recently in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, was conducted on a sample population of more than 90,000 workers undergoing medical check-ups, according to a press release from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology.

“The workers who stated that they had experienced difficulties in dealing with their job during the previous twelve months (8.7% of the sample) had a higher risk of suffering from dyslipidemia,” Carlos Catalina, clinical psychologist and an expert in work-related stress.

Specifically, in the study the workers with job stress were more likely to suffer from abnormally high levels of LDL cholesterol (the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol), excessively low levels of HDL cholesterol (the ‘good’ cholesterol) and positive atherogenic indices, i.e. potential artery blockage.

“One of the mechanisms that could explain the relationship between stress and cardiovascular risk could be the changes in our lipid profile, which means higher rates of atheromatous plaque accumulation (lipids deposit) in our arteries,” Catalina concluded.

“The relationship between job stress and dyslipidemia” was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.