Is Our Blood Pressure Rising With the Foreclosure Rate?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

It doesn't take a scientist to conclude that going through the foreclosure process is stressful. Even the threat of being foreclosed on can make one's blood pressure rise. But science can show the very real effects that these tough economic times are having on America's health. A new study links the rise in foreclosures to more hospital visits related to diabetes and hypertension. More specifically, for every 100 foreclosures there was a 7.2 percent rise in emergency room visits, an 8.1 percent increase in diabetes cases for people aged 20 to 49, and 12 percent more hospital visits related to anxiety in the same age category.

Janet Currie, an economist at Princeton University, co-authored the study, which was published this month. Sarah Bullard Steck, a clinical social worker, has many patients who have struggled with stress and anxiety related to economic hardship.

Comments [1]

Peg from Southern Tier NY

Health care workers who are treating the influx of worried, depressed patients are also very stressed from the extended work days treating this higher than normal patient load. Also many medical practices are laying off medical workers - leaving fewer doctors and nurses to care for more patients.

Sep. 01 2011 07:03 AM

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