Women who work with asbestos are twice as likely to die from a stroke and 89% more likely to die of heart disease compared to the general population.
The corresponding figures for men were 63% and 39% respectively.
The link between asbestos and heart disease was discovered after scientists analysed the cause of death among nearly 100,000 asbestos workers.
Workers exposed to asbestos are at a “significantly greater risk” of heart disease and stroke compared to the general population.
Scientists analysed the cause of death among nearly 100,000 asbestos workers and found women are more likely to be affected than men
The research was carried out at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton, Derbyshire.