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Increased Rates of Heart Problems Due To Fear of losing one's Job

by Medindia Content Team on June 21, 2006 at 10:09 AM
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Increased Rates of Heart Problems Due To Fear of losing one's Job

According to a study conducted by Yale university researchers it was found that forced out of work in the later part of one's life resulted in an increased rate of heart attacks . They analyzed about 4,301 people between the age group of 51 to 61 years. The results of the study were published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal. Out of which 582 people suffered from heart attacks and strokes in about 10 years time period as they were forced out of a job.

The researcher said that stress was the main culprit. Dr William Gallo said that people want to settle peacefully in their later part of life but losing one's job induces a lot of stress resulting in numerous undesirable outcomes. He said that if a person is unemployed apart from the economic burden he has to face a lot of health consequences which exceeds his other expenditure.


The people who suffered from ill health are those who have lost their jobs involuntarily, retired, taken a temporary break from work or were still employed but were under the constant fear of losing the job. The risk percentage of people suffering a heart attack after losing their job was 2.5% and a stroke 2.4%. Hugh Robertson, a health expert at the Trades Union Congress, said that heart attacks and stokes are due to the other problems faced by them such as finding new jobs of equivalent standard after the age of 50. Ellen Mason, a cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation said that apart from stress other factors also play an important role in such distressing situations.



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