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Higher chance of heart attack for recently fired

Genevra Pittman New York

Published 22/11/2012 | 05:00

PEOPLE who have recently lost their jobs are more likely to suffer a heart attack than their employed peers, in some cases running a risk as high as 35pc, according to a US study.

Researchers, whose results appeared in the 'Archives of Internal Medicine', found that each successive job loss was tied to a higher chance of heart problems among more than 13,000 older adults, although it's not clear how unemployment itself might have caused the extra heart attacks.

A combination of stress, worsening lifestyle and poor management of chronic conditions without health insurance may be to blame, said Matthew Dupre, the lead researcher from the Duke Clinical Research Institute in North Carolina.

But it's still too early to know for sure what's behind the link, he said.

Irish Independent

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