Accepting bullying may raise cardiovascular disease risk

MEN who don’t confront bullying at work may be putting themselves at risk of cardiovascular disease, new research shows.

In a prospective study, Swedish researchers looked at the incidence of hospitalisation due to myocardial infarction (MI), or death from ischaemic heart disease, over a 10-year period in 2755 men.

They correlated the 47 incidences of MI or death with the men’s ‘covert’ or ‘open’ coping strategies in response to unfair treatment at work.

Men using a pronounced covert coping strategy were more than twice as likely to have an acute MI or cardiac death as men who were unlikely to use covert coping, after adjusting for confounding factors.

Covert coping strategies were described as ‘Let things pass without saying anything’, ‘Go away’, ‘Feeling bad’ (headache, etc), and ‘Get into a bad temper at home’.

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