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A healthy economy can break your heart.
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PMID:  18232214     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Panel data methods are used to investigate how deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD) in the United States vary with macroeconomic conditions. A one-percentage-point reduction in unemployment is predicted to raise CHD mortality by 0.75%, corresponding to almost 3900 additional fatalities. The increase in relative risk is similar across age groups, implying that senior citizens account for most of the extra deaths. Direct evidence is obtained of a role for decreases in medical interventions treating coronary problems. CHD mortality increases rapidly when the economy strengthens but returns to or near its baseline level within five years for most groups.
Christopher J Ruhm
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Demography     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0070-3370     ISO Abbreviation:  Demography     Publication Date:  2007 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-31     Completed Date:  2008-03-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226703     Medline TA:  Demography     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  829-48     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of North Carolina Greensboro and National Bureau of Economic Research, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Cohort Studies
Coronary Disease / mortality*,  psychology
Economics* / statistics & numerical data
Middle Aged
Regression Analysis
Risk Factors
Stress, Psychological
Unemployment* / statistics & numerical data,  trends
United States / epidemiology
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