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.