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What Could Improve Work Sustainability for People with Heart Disease?

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Fifty percent of heart attacks occur in individuals under the age of 65 and two-thirds survive a cardiac event.

Take home messages:

  • Cardiovascular work disability is a result of a combination of personal and workplace factors.
  • Rehabilitation and medical reassurance are important to restore worker confidence in getting back to work.
  • In the workplace, transitional reintegration programs, accommodation, and workplace health support are valuable in helping workers stay on the job.

Learning Outcomes

Common cardiovascular conditions leading to work disability
The personal, workplace, insurance and health care influences on cardiovascular work disability
Workplace and clinical interventions that help to sustain work for persons with heart disease


Fergal O'Hagan
Dr. Fergal O'Hagan is a Registered Kinesiologist, academic and researcher. Fergal completed a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (Saskatchewan, 1984), Masters degree in Adapted Human Biodynamics (McMaster University, 1987), Ph.D in Exercise Science (University of Toronto, 2009), Post-graduate Diploma in Work Disability Prevention Research (Universite de Sherbrooke, 2011) and postdoctoral fellowship (Social Science and Humanities Research Council CURA program). Having practiced in the field of occupational rehabilitation with a range of clinical populations for 25 years, he successfully developed and managed rehabilitation programs for acute and chronic disability. He is presently on faculty in the Department of Psychology at Trent University. O’Hagan’s research focuses on psychological and social process affecting work disability and the reintegration of workers following sickness absence.

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