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Job strain and early atherosclerosis: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study

Hintsanen, M; Elovainio, M; Pulkki, L; Kivimäki, M; Raitakari, O; Keltikangas-Järvinen, L; (2004) Job strain and early atherosclerosis: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study. Psychology and Health , 19 (SUPPL. 1) pp. 79-80.

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Abstract

Objectives: The objective of the current study was to examine the association of job strain with early atherosclerosis in young adult population under age 40. Methods: The participants were derived from the ongoing prospective "Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns" study (CRYF) beginning in 1980. In the present sample, in 2001, there were a total of 2104 healthy men and women participating in the study. The subjects of the present analyses were 24-39 year old. Job strain was defined by a joint effect of two work characteristics: demand and control. Ultrasound measures of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), that is considered to be one of the most sensitive markers for the earliest stages of atherosclerosis, were used. The association between IMT and job strain was evaluated using multiple linear regressions. Results: In men, job strain was significantly associated with IMT when adjusted for age. Adjusting for social support and for traditional risk factors of cardiovascular diseases did not attenuate this relationship. In women job strain was not a significant predictor of IMT. Conclusions: Together with previous studies these results suggest that work characteristics have a role in development of early atherosclerosis.

Type: Article
Title: Job strain and early atherosclerosis: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1430210
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