Try Not to Stress Over Lowered Threshold for High Blood Pressure
New guidelines that lower the classification of what is considered high blood pressure/hypertension will add another 30 million Americans to this unhealthful "club" of which no one wants to be a member. For decades, one's blood pressure was considered high with a top (systolic) reading of 140 and a bottom (diastolic) reading of 90. These new standards drop the reading to 130 over 80.
There are a variety of risk factors, some work-related and some not, associated with hypertension. Common work-related causes can include orthopedic injuries that lead to weight gain and prolonged use of certain medications.
Job stress can also be a factor. According to the Mayo Clinic, short-term, stress-related spikes in one's blood pressure can, when added up over time, put one at risk of developing hypertension. Hormones that are produced when a person experiences stress at work may damage arteries, leading to hypertension and heart disease.
Exposure to work stress resulting in hypertension is an industrial injury in California's Workers' Compensation system, but it can take an experienced attorney to gather the evidence to confirm industrial causation and disability. Seventy-five percent of Americans say that their job is a significant source of stress, according to the American Psychological Association. Stress can be caused by strict deadlines, lack of autonomy, long hours, a heavy workload and a hostile work environment, among others. Effects can be life-threatening, as hypertension puts people at a higher risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. When it comes to hypertension and heart disease, causation of injury and permanent disability requires a detailed analysis of the many factors that can contribute to the development of high blood pressure.
We at Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein, LLP have decades of experience proving industrial injury claims, such as those involving high blood pressure. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your legal options, please call 213-739-7000 or click here.