(CNN/WSYR-TV) -- If you’re finding it hard to get excited about leaving for work these days, it could be more than getting over that mid-week hump. A new study suggests that job burnout may be harder on your health than you ever expected.
The study combined business researchers and medical researchers and looked at what happens when you get too stressed at work. Their answers surprised even them.
The team at Tel Aviv University found that the most burned out employees were much more likely to have heart problems than their less stressed coworkers – 79 percent more likely.
At that rate, they say, job burnout could be a stronger predictor of coronary heart disease than things like cholesterol levels, how much you exercise or even whether or not you smoke.
The study, which is cited in a new CNN Money article, tracked nearly 9,000 men and women who were “apparently healthy” for three and a half years. Scientists say some of the factors that led to job burnout and resulting heart problems included long work hours, a heavy workload and stress in the workplace.
One of the people who led the study says this is valuable information because doctors who know their patients are stressed at work may be more likely to watch them for signs of heart disease as well.
Enlisted military personnel, military general and firefighters made the top three most stressful jobs in an ABC News report.