Unemployment increases the risk of heart attack


20/11/2012

U.S. scientists found a possible link to lack of work, as well as multiple redundancies to an increased risk of myocardial infarction. The scientific work was published in the edition of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Experts from Duke University in Durham analyzed data from a large-scale research includes the study of the problems of health and aging. The study covered nearly 13,500 American citizens aged 51-75 years from 1992 to 2010. The scientists also conducted a number of interviews over two years.

"The results show a number of features of the former and the present work increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. And despite the fact that the risk of myocardial infarction was strongly expressed in particular in the first year after job loss, the total number of layoffs, unemployment status and the duration of unemployment, independently from each other, have also been associated with increased risk of heart attack ", - authors state.

In the study group was observed only during the years of 1061 observations case of myocardial infarction. In this ever-unemployed were 14% of the participants, 69.7% were unemployed, and more than once, and 35.1% did not work in some periods.

The risk of heart attack, as shown by statistical analysis, was significantly higher among the unemployed (1.35 level), and this risk increased with the number of job losses experienced person (up to 1.63 for the four cases of dismissals and over) compared to people who did not lose work even once.

"We were able to establish that the increased risk is associated in particular with multiple job losses, and you can compare it with the effect of other well-known risk factors such as smoking, hypertension and diabetes in the United States ... in the labor market in the current economic situation, and Every day of growing instability, rising unemployment, more research is needed to explore the mechanisms of the effect of all these circumstances on the incidence of heart attacks and for the election of an effective prevention strategy ", - the authors conclude.


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