Study: Higher Risk Of Heart Attack After Losing Job

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new study shows unemployment isn’t just bad for your finances — it’s also bad for your health.

Researchers found people who lost their jobs were at a greater risk of suffering a heart attack.

They looked at 13,000 people between the ages of 51 and 75.

They found the risk was highest within the first year of losing a job.

“There is an increase in financial stress, loss of health coverage likely in these patients, chronic anxiety,
social withdrawl from friends,” said Dr. Ravi Dave, cardiologist at UCLA Santa Monica.

Researchers also found a person’s risk goes up with each additional job loss.

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