Health care workers in the United States have a nearly fourfold increase in their risk of experiencing a heart attack than workers in other countries.
In a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University looked at the number of health care professionals who had heart attacks or other heart-related deaths in the last five years.
They looked at deaths from cardiovascular disease, stroke and myocardial infarction.
The researchers found that the number who had a heart event doubled between 2007 and 2010, the year the study was conducted.
They also found that those who had been at the top of the pile of deaths also experienced a rise in their rate of heart attack and stroke.
The number of heart-attack patients increased from 5,542 to 7,735 between 2007 to 2010, a 6.7 percent increase, according to the study.
The study found that while more than two-thirds of the heart attack patients were male, the rate of female patients was roughly two-and-a-half times that of men.
The number of patients who died from cardiovascular diseases also increased significantly between 2007-2010.
The study found the most common reason for having a heart disease diagnosis in the study group was high blood pressure, but there were also other health conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol that also increased the risk.
The authors said the study showed that many health care staff were not aware of the increased risk of developing heart attack or stroke.
“In contrast to the high incidence of obesity, hypertension and stroke in the general population, the increased rate of stroke and heart attack among health care aides and nurses appears to be an unexpected consequence of these health care services,” the study said.
“This suggests that staff are likely under the impression that they have the same risk of cardiovascular disease as other Americans.”
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