Stress takes its toll in Vietnam

Workers suffer from heart disease, migraines and dizzy spells
||Last Updated: 08/23/2006

Workers in Vietnam are increasingly succumbing to the rigours of occupational stress, resulting in various health problems, according to a new survey.

The survey conducted by the National Cardiovascular Institute found that public servants working in air-conditioned offices are more likely to suffer headaches, dizziness and discomfort caused by narrow spaces and poor ventilation. Migraines are also common among employees who have to work long hours in front of a computer.

Thirty-seven per cent of those surveyed suffered from headaches and 35.9 per cent from dizziness, breathing problems and vision impairment.

The survey also found 14.8 per cent of the country's population, mostly over the age of 50, has high blood pressure.

Another study, conducted by the Hanoi Medical College showed that stress resulting from working overtime or shift work makes up 56 per cent of workplace maladies.

Doctors recommend consultation sessions to prescribe the right nutritional supplements to deal with workplace stress which could act to prevent cardiovascular ailments, strokes, anemia, osteoporosis and nervous system damage.

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