The links between exposure to work-related psychosocial risk factors and cardiovascular disease


This discussion paper explores the links between psychosocial risk factors and increased risk of heart disease and stroke. It examines the direct effects that stress mechanisms can have on the cardiovascular system and how the impact work-related stress can have on unhealthy lifestyle habits can in turn impact on cardiovascular health. It also considers the contribution of a favourable work-related psychosocial work environment as a protective factor against cardiovascular disease.

A multicomponent, holistic prevention approach is suggested.

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