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Stress Explains Paradox of Why Work Exercise Worsens Heart Disease

Investigators followed the physical activity of 500 middle-aged employees while monitoring progression of their atherosclerosis. They found that while arteries thickened more slowly in those who exercised more during their leisure time, arteries actually thickened faster among those who were very physically active during the workday. But when the researchers measured psychological stress related to work (asking how much sleep participants lost over worries about work, for example) they...

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