Research has shown a link between unemployment and heart attack. A major study showed that unemployment increases a person's chances of having a heart attack by about 35%. Moreover, the increased risk exists for unemployed individuals regardless of their race, sex or ethnicity. A person's heart attack risk also increases with subsequent job losses.
More about joblessness and health:
- Some studies have shown that unemployed people are more likely to suffer from both physical and mental health problems, although people who have strong support from family members and friends are less likely to become ill.
- Voluntary retirement does not seem to have any effect on a person's risk of heart attack.
- Experts are not sure why unemployment increases a person's risk of heart attack. Some say that a lack of health insurance might contribute to cardiovascular risk factors.