Saturday, December 1, 2012

The risk of stroke is higher in people who lose their jobs

The risk of stroke is higher in people who lose their jobs, which is bad news in the current context. Job loss may increase the risk of heart attack, according to a study published in the journal 'Archives of International medecine' and noted

By reaching these results, the researchers studied more than 13,500 people aged between 51 and 75 years, from 1992 to 2010, twice a year: 14% of them were unemployed at baseline and nearly seven in ten and have lost at least work during the 20 years. In nearly two decades, researchers have recorded nearly 1,000 heart attack.

Lead author of the study, Matthieu Dupre at Duke University in North Carolina found that heart attack risks were much higher in the unemployed who lost their job in the first year and increasing with each dismissal. People who have resigned are not included in these figures.

Researchers have observed that the rate of heart attack in people who have lost their jobs in the first year increased by 27%, regardless of profession. The effect appears to be cumulative: the risk would increase by 63% in people who have lost their jobs four or more times, the study said.

Taking into account such factors as obesity, smoking and lack of sporting activity, researchers found that job loss is an additional factor that would have the same impact on heart health as hypertension, type 2 diabetes and certain cardiovascular diseases. Risk of stroke in a person who has lost four or more times work are comparable to those of an old smoker.

Stress is not itself a direct cause of heart disease, although it may contribute to increased risk. The survey data did not take into account the reasons for dismissal and Matthieu Dupre states that do not yet know 'how stress increases the risk of heart attack. Further research is needed in this respect '.

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