According to a recent study, people who are bullied or exposed to violence on their job are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, as compared to individuals who do have to deal with such challenges at work.
Workers who were bullied on the job were 59% more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease or hospitalised for heart attacks or strokes as compared to those who were not bullied. Likewise, those who were exposed to violence also had a 25% higher likelihood of developing heart disease or being hospitalised for related events.
These stressors like bullying and violence, might contribute to mood disorders such as anxiety or depression and trigger unhealthy behaviours like smoking or eating and drinking too much. Severe stress may also contribute to high blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease.
“If we can eliminate workplace bullying and workplace violence, the impact of cardiovascular disease prevention would be similar to if we prevent diabetes and risky alcohol drinking,” said lead study author Xu Tianwei.