Report: Unemployed at risk of heart attack
Drs. Siegel and Samadi explain
- Duration 3:35
- Date Nov 25, 2012
Drs. Siegel and Samadi explain
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Let's -- -- their their new concerns now for millions of Americans unemployed.
And looking for work a new study now linking unemployment.
Or employment instability to potential heart -- here.
Doctor somebody I -- say this doesn't surprise me figure the documented details -- this.
Well I think it's a very interest saying the study because we always guess that maybe stress from losing your job can cause heart attack.
We haven't been able to really show it in this study that's published in the archives of internal medicine.
Looked at thirteen thousand participants and and what -- like about it is that the follow.
Is about eighteen years which is unique now.
This study doesn't prove it just shows association that if you lose your job -- -- Sunday's increase of 30% 35%.
Chance of heart attack if that happens four times you ready for this 63%.
Chance of -- heart attack which is incredible.
Now we don't know exactly what the phenomenon -- -- -- theory behind it is that possibly do hormones from distress.
Can do this maybe you lose your insurance you're not going to -- -- have access to health care.
Maybe you lose -- you know some financial crisis it would not be eating healthy diet or you lose your membership fee to the gym.
Nobody knows but I think what's important in the message that I get from this is that if you are.
Losing you -- if you lost to drop some of the symptoms of anxiety depression could be very similar to heart attack you may get chest and you -- -- short of breath.
Recognizing it and not dismissing it is extremely important because with heart attack the sooner you get to the doctor to better the outcome is going to be so.
It's interesting study that we can learn from this certainly if you're not happy new job stay -- because they effect of -- on your hard to -- wars.
And doctor if you I imagine age plays a factor and attitudes.
As well absolutely our -- and you know what's really unique about this it's the first time we've looked at the cumulative effect of all this I mean granted this study shows that in the first year after losing your job.
There's a 35 and 35% increased risk of heart attack.
But what's new here is that over the eighteen years the number of times you lose your job increases your risk of a problem.
Of a heart attack a thousand heart attacks in the thirteen thousand people studied in other reasons are twofold one.
Because of lifestyle issues that they've always bringing up.
You don't exercise when you lose your job you don't -- right.
You don't sleep right you worry.
There's anxiety all of which increases your heart rate increases your blood pressure probably increases your cholesterol could -- not eating right increases your risk of a heart attack.
The second reason and this -- been well studied yet although a lot of us have been writing about this what about the stress hormones themselves adrenaline nor generally.
Court is all your body is increasingly.
It is releasing these and increasing -- when you're worried.
Over time that worry those hormones -- -- your body and they Wear down your heart and they increase your risk of heart and -- what he's doing.
Anybody how to weigh yourself if you go through that area that -- like I think mark probably deals with this more than I do -- the way I would think that he looks of this now.
Is that it's the risk factor is as bad as smoking and diabetes in fact what they're saying is that if you're.
It if you haven't been the fire though lost her job comfort to somebody who has lost their -- four times it's almost.
Non smoker vs smoker or non diabetic -- diabetics is somebody will come to his office I'm sure is gonna look at him.
As a different person because this person is under a lot of pressure and has high risk you want to make sure that you study them carefully what.
We don't it is a -- for what we need to tell people out there as if you losing your job don't compound the problem -- a possible.
By increasing your risk of a heart attack the last thing you do when you're out of work -- heart disease yeah.