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Being Unemployed Might Give You A Heart Attack

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If you don't quit being a lazy bum and get a job, you just might have a heart attack!

Well, that's what this new study is saying at least — and we suppose it isn't limited to just those who are being lazy, but those who are struggling to find sustainable employment! Seriously, we were joking about calling the jobless lazy.

What they found wasn't mind-blowingly drastic, but it was a strong enough link to warn us, plus multiple job losses posed as big a threat as smoking, high blood pressure and other conditions that are bad for the heart. They analyzed data on more than 13,000 men and women aged 51 to 75 taking part in an ongoing health and retirement survey — and all of them have been interviewed every two years since 1992 about employment and health.

The biggest limitation of the study was that the data didn't say if the unemployed were fired, laid off, out of work while switching jobs, or had voluntarily left a job. You'd think that's something they would start to include, once they realized they needed that info! Retirement, on the other hand, was NOT considered being unemployed.

The main theory for the link here is the financial stress, the shock of being fire, and the loss of health insurance. Here's what they found:

There were 1,061 heart attacks during the study. Those with at least one job loss were 22 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who never lost a job. Those with at least four job losses had a 60 percent higher risk than those with none. Men and women faced equal risks.

Moral of the story?

Be good at your job so you don't lose it — your health depends on it! No slacking!

Also, make sure you have a savings account.

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