Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Reasons for whistleblowing

Feeling mistreated can hurt, especially when it comes to the heart. An 11-year study of 8000 senior civil servants in London found that those who strongly agreed with the statement "I often have the feeling that I am being treated unfairly" had an increased risk of heart attack.

Out of the 567 people who agreed very strongly with this statement, 51 suffered a heart attack or severe chest pains, known as angina. By comparison, 64 out of the 966 people who felt mild mistreatment had these heart problems. The results appear in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

There is growing evidence that despair can have all sorts of ill effects on the body. And simply working to a tight deadline can boost one's heart attack risk by six-fold. The healthiest change of heart, it seems, could start with the head.

by Roxanne Khamsi, Online reporter Source

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