Saturday 24 March 2018

Irish deaths from heart problems rose 17pc after crash

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Stock Image: Getty

Gordon Deegan

Medics have discovered there was a spike in the number of heart-related deaths here in the year following the economic crash in 2008.

In a new paper in the current edition of the 'Irish Medical Journal', medics say the post-2008 increase in cardiovascular-related deaths across Irish men and women "could be connected to sudden job loss and uncertainty caused by economic difficulties".

"Loss of income was theorised to invoke feelings of shame and mistrust that can trigger a stress-related psycho-neuro-endocrine reaction which puts vulnerable individuals at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases," it said.

The paper, by medics based at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and the King Fahad Military Medical Complex at Dhahran, in Saudi Arabia, found that there was a 17.2pc increase in cardiovascular deaths on average across both genders in the year after the 2008 crash when compared to the year before.

The medics found that there was a 20pc increase in cardiovascular deaths among men in the year after the crash, and an increase of 15.5pc in women cardiovascular deaths.

The medics said that in a similar study, the 2008 recession was found to have increased stroke-related deaths in California, more specifically for men.

On their own study, the medics point out that "the global economic recession ... has intensely affected the Republic of Ireland. A range of austerity measures were undertaken, unemployment soared, and the Irish GDP growth fell below zero".

Their paper was titled 'Effect of the 2008 economic crisis on the cardiovascular mortality of the Irish population: an ecological 12-year study of a heartbroken Celtic Tiger'.

Irish Independent

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