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Heart Attacks Rise as Unemployment Falls

We’re happier when the economy is better, but it doesn’t mean we’re healthier.

December 21, 2006
Workplace and Heart Attacks: It’s generally believed that a booming economy is desirable. But an economist at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro says casts doubt on that premise. Economist Christopher Ruhm told Inc. magazine that his research found that a 1 percent drop in unemployment seems to correspond to a 1.3 percent increase in the number of fatal heart attacks. Working conditions, poor diet and other stress inducers are blamed, with employees between 20 and 44 most at risk. “We’re happier when the economy is better, but it doesn’t mean we’re healthier,” Ruhm says.