Korean J Occup Environ Med.  2011 Jun;23(2):130-138.

Comparison of Cardiovascular Disease Status Between Large Scale Industry Office and Self Employed Male Workers

  • 1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Chonnam National University College of Medicine, Korea. jdmoon@chol.com


The aim of this study is to compare the cardiovascular disease status between large scale industry office and self employed male workers who have gaps in their intensive health management.
The cross sectional study was carried out with subjects composed of 244 shipyard office male workers and 381 self employed male workers, aged 30 to 55 years. They were given a health exam in a general hospital from January 2007 to June 2009. Information was based on data from self-administered questionnaires, physical examination and laboratory results on blood samples. The degree of coronary artery calcification and stenosis was evaluated by a 64 channel multi-detector computed tomography angiography.
The prevalence of hypertension(p<0.01) and diabetes mellitus(p=0.02) and waist circumference(p<0.01) was significantly lower in the shipyard office workers than in self employed workers. Proper drinking(p<0.01) was more commmon in shipyard office workers. The rates of coronary artery calcification and stenosis were estimated to be 18.4% and 11.5% respectively for shipyard office workers and were significantly lower than the 26.5% and 21.5% for self employed workers. After adjustment for age, the probability of coronary artery stenosis in shipyard office workers was lower than in self employed workers (OR=0.56, 95% CI=0.35~0.90).
The study results verified the benefits of a health promotion and intervention program and the healthy worker effect for cardiovascular diseases. More specifically, it verified the benefits regarding coronary artery stenosis in large scale industry office workers. This result should encourage the establishment of health promotion programs and the study of occupational epidemiology.


Cardiovascular disease; Health management; Health promotion program; Healthy worker effect; Large scale industry workers; Shipyard workers; 64 channel MDCT

MeSH Terms

Cardiovascular Diseases
Constriction, Pathologic
Coronary Stenosis
Coronary Vessels
Health Promotion
Healthy Worker Effect
Hospitals, General
Physical Examination
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