The NYT reported on February 24 about increased heart attacks after job loss. Numerous studies have reported on stress, depression, and job loss increaseing heart attack risk. The latest study in 2009 led by Sarah A. Burgard, a professor of sociology and epidemiology at the University of Michigan, found that “persistent perceived job insecurity” was itself a powerful predictor of poor health and might even be more damaging than actual job loss. We recently posted a blog on behavioral health prevention. We have a series of behavioral health prevention articles on our website that address several areas of behavioral health prevention. I suspect that although the new mental health parity rules just release will dramatically increase healthcare costs one benefit may be increased behavioral health prevention of other medical illnesses such as heart disease. We at BHM can help develop cost-effective management programs using detailed data analysis to improve cost effective care. I will be posting more articles on this topic as reducing health care costs while maintaining quality is a national debate.
Heart Attacks Increased with Depression
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