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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 17, 2014

Highest Heart Disease and Stroke Rates in Service, Blue Collar Jobs

JAMA. 2014;312(11):1090. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11164

A recent analysis showed that the prevalence of coronary heart disease and stroke among US adults younger than 55 years is highest in those with service and blue collar jobs. The study’s authors say their findings have implications for clinicians, who should consider patients’ occupational risks for cardiovascular disease.

Using data from the National Health Interview Survey from 2008 to 2012, the investigators reported that overall, 2.8% of adults younger than 55 years have a history of cardiovascular disease. Prevalence rates were 1.9% among those who were employed, 2.5% among the unemployed, and 6.3% among those not in the labor force for a variety of reasons.

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