Artery Disease Linked To Stress

Researchers have reported a link between stress in the workplace and the hardening of men's arteries. Health Correspondent Dr. Dave Hnida of CBS News affiliate KCNC-TV in Denver reports.

While a study by the University of Southern California School of Medicine found that men appear to suffer from stress in this way, researchers say women don't seem to have this problem at all.

How do you know if you're suffering from stress? Ask yourself the following questions:

How often do youÂ….

  • Have a lot to accomplish at work?
  • Have to increase your usual workload?
  • Have to increase your level of concentration at work?
  • Have to skip your lunch break to do your work?
  • Worry about work at home?
  • Lose sleep over work?

Those who answer "often" to most of these questions may be suffering from stress, Dr. Hnida says.

Other studies have linked occupational stress with heart disease, but results have been mixed and inconclusive as a whole. The researchers of this study speculated that either women may have a better way of coping with their stress or female hormones may play a role in reducing their risk of atherosclerosis.