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Avoiding conflict at work doubles heart risk: study

AFP/The Local · 24 Nov 2009, 15:01

Published: 24 Nov 2009 15:01 GMT+01:00

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Those who express their feelings openly, for example by getting angry, have no increased risk of heart problems, said the study which warned of the dangers of "covert coping."

"Covert coping is strongly related to increased risk of hard-endpoint cardiovascular disease," said the study, published in the UK in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The research, led by experts at the Stress Research Unit at Stockholm University, grouped men according to how they react to conflict, including by saying nothing, walking away, or taking their anger out at home later.

Men who sometimes or always walked away from conflict had three times the risk of a heart attack or dying from heart disease, while overall those who avoided conflict had twice as high a risk.

In contrast those who reacted to unfair treatment in an open way, such as talking directly to the person with whom they were in conflict or getting angry, had no increased risk of heart attack, it said.

"We all find different things stressful and symptoms of stress can vary," said Judy O'Sullivan, senior cardiac nurse for the British Heart Foundation, responding to the study.

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"But the important thing is that we need to find ways of coping with it in our lives in a positive way, whether at work or home," she added.

The average age of the more than 2,700 participants was 41 at the start of the study. None had had a heart attack when screening started in 1992. But by 2003, 47 had suffered a heart attack or died from heart disease.

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Your comments about this article

16:35 November 24, 2009 by calebian22
Big surprise that the fist in the pocket mentality so common among polite Swedes would have adverse health effects. Can anyone say, ticking time-bomb?
17:23 November 24, 2009 by just a question
And not avoiding conflicts at work lead you to get fired.

So you need to choose between being dead or be unemployed.
20:28 November 24, 2009 by Hairdont
Exactly! Get in their face. It feels so good. Is that wrong?
08:49 November 25, 2009 by karex
@just a question

There's nothing wrong with expressing your views and disagreeing with a co-worker if you are being objective, non-personal and not offensive. An employer who fires someone for being honest is a moron and that is probably a job you wouldn't want anyway.
13:53 November 27, 2009 by Bernard Canning
And what about the domestic (at home) risk ?

If you tow the line at home with the trouble and strife maybe you can release that head of steam at the workplace but then your co-workers would get a surprise once the ambulance arrived at the office with the electric paddles !

Work/Life balance or not ?
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