A meta-analysis of six studies has found evidence that jobs with high mental or physical stress may be linked to a higher risk for stroke. Those with high stress jobs – jobs with high demand and low control such as waiters and nursing aids - had a 22 percent increase in stroke compared to those with low stress jobs. The research will be published in the Wed., Oct. 14, 2015 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Jennifer Majersik, MD, MS, a neurologist and director of the University of Utah Stroke Center, has written an editorial that will accompany the research paper. In it, she explains potential reasons for these outcomes, and possible interventions.

Majersik is available for comment on Tuesday, October 13.

To obtain a copy of the research paper and editorial under embargo contact AAN: Rachel Seroka, [email protected], (612) 928-6129

To schedule an interview with Dr. Jennifer Majersik, contact University of Utah Health Sciences Office of Public Affairs: Julie Kiefer, [email protected], 801-597-4258