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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31803b94e2
Original Articles

High Job Strain and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Middle-Aged Men and Women From the Belgian Job Stress Study

Clays, Els MSc; Leynen, Francoise MD; De Bacquer, Dirk PhD; Kornitzer, Marcel PhD; Kittel, France PhD; Karasek, Robert PhD; De Backer, Guy PhD

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to assess whether job strain is associated with 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure measurements within a subsample of the Belgian Job Stress Project (BELSTRESS) population.

Methods: A group of 89 middle-aged male and female workers perceiving high job strain and an equally large group of workers perceiving no high job strain wore an ambulatory blood pressure monitor for 24 hours on a regular working day.

Results: Mean ambulatory blood pressure at work, at home, and while asleep was significantly higher in workers with job strain as compared with others. The associations between job strain and ambulatory blood pressure were independent from the covariates.

Conclusions: Within this study, high job strain was an important independent risk factor for higher ambulatory blood pressure at work, at home, and during sleep in a group of men and women.

©2007The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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