numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for american adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades. increased levels of job stress as !!! essed by the perception of having little control but lots of demands have been demonstrated to be !!! ociated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders. in new york, los angels and other municipalities, the relationship between job stress and heart attacks is so well acknowledged, that any police officer who suffers a coronary event on or off the job is !!! umed to have a work related injury and is compen !!! ed accordingly (including heart attack sustained while fishing on vacation).