You may not be exaggerating the next time you think your job is killing you.
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, people who reported persistent stress due to low job security, few career opportunities or high work demands have the same level of risk for fatal heart attacks as those who smoke and don't exercise.
But one mid-Michigan cardiologist says stress management alone won't prevent or treat a heart attack.
"Age is a powerful risk factor. Cholesterol and high blood pressure were much higher risk factors than stress itself," Dr. Joel Eisenberg, MSU Clinical Center.
The study also found high job stress was associated with being overweight and having high cholesterol.
Doctors say this study should give people even more reason to eat a balanced diet and to get daily exercise.