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"Dropped calls? Somebody's line not open? You're running from operator to operator to handle problems that occur during the call," she explained. "It's very stressful. When I tell people about it, they look at me like I have three heads. I feel like I should have Rollerblades on."
Her heart problems started in the summer of 2008, with a crush of calls related to auto company bailouts.
"I just started getting chest pains" and collapsed while out walking one night, she said. Tests found no signs of heart disease, but doctors gave her nitroglycerin pills, which can relieve chest tightness due to constricted heart arteries.
"Sure enough, when the pain came again a few other times I took the nitro and boom, the pain was gone," Morgan said.
Doctors should ask about stress along with traditional heart risk factors like smoking and blood pressure, Albert said. "We need to start taking that seriously."
She has these tips for workers:
Exercise. It clears the mind, lifts the mood and curbs other heart risks, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Limit bringing work home.
Get a life. Do things with friends, whether they're folks you work with or not.
Build "me time" into every day. "It can be as little as 10 or 15 minutes to meditate, pray or take a walk," Albert said.
Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/
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