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High Demand, Little Control

People who work in factories or any job that is highly demanding—think hourly quotas—with little control over the pace or other aspects of work, are also thought to be at higher risk of heart disease.

"Being out of control of your own fate is an increased stressor leading to cardiovascular disease," says Dr. Moscucci.

The landmark Whitehall study of about 11,000 British civil servants found that men and women with low job control had double the risk of heart disease as those with more control over their work.

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