Unemployment a New Risk Factor for Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)

Researchers Dupre et al. (2012) have identified cumulative unemployment as a new risk factor for acute coronary events.  A recent study published in the Arch Intern Med., found a correlation between multiple job losses, intermittent periods of work and unemployment to be an important new risk factor for AMI.

We have all heard about the common risk factors, i.e. hypertension, obesity, inactivity, however, little is known about the social stressors.  Over a person’s life time they are likely to have a multiple jobs.   Other studies have identified job loss at an older age increases the risk of a heart attack.   For more information: http://bit.ly/USBBfz

What do you do if you cannot find a job?  Volunteer? Why not?  This is could be a good way to be involved with the community, and it could lead to finding a job.  It also gives you a sense of value, purpose and makes you feel good.  Sometimes when you lose your job or forced into retirement, one may see this as adversity or an opportunity.  This is an opportunity for reflection and assessment. 


Dupre ME, George LK, Liu G, Peterson ED. The Cumulative Effect of Unemployment on Risks for Acute Myocardial Infarction. Arch Intern Med. 2012;():1-7. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.447.

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