Job losses increase heart risks - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/8/09

Job losses increase heart risks

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In this economic meltdown, where the nation's unemployment rate is predicted to soar past 10% by next year, there is another problem. According to 10 year study at Yale, for people over age 50, especially men, who are already entering a high risk age group for heart disease or attack, losing a job they need and perhaps love, adds another serious stress factor.

Yale researcher Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D., says, "We found in the study that those people who are actually laid off, or unexpectedly lose their job in the later part of their career are nearly twice as likely to suffer heart attacks or stroke in the 10 years following".  The study suggests that if you lose a job, especially one that you love, even before you file unemployment or hit the streets to find another job, the first thing you should do is see a doctor and be evaluated.  Many people are applauding this study for providing a heads up on what could be another casualty of the recession, America's heart health.

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