by Daniel Akst
Wall Street Journal
March 19, 2013
A new study reports a 29% increase in heart attacks in Greece since the onset of the country’s economic woes.
The study looked at 22,093 heart patients in Kalamata over the course of eight years, dividing them roughly in half between a pre-economic crisis group (2004 through 2007) and a crisis group (2008 through 2011). Researchers found 1,084 crisis-period heart attacks versus 841 pre-crisis. The Greek economy has shrunk by more than 20% since 2007.
The study, which were presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology, isn’t online, but the organization describes the findings here. Similar results have been found in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in this country, and after other disasters around the world.
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