Heart attacks, suicidal thoughts and stillbirths rise in Greece, following the economic crisis.
The effects of economic crises go beyond the pocketbooks of a country’s citizens; there’s a wealth of evidence showing that crashes, austerity measures and uncertainty can affect the health of a nation as well.
This is particularly evident in Greece, where the global economic crisis left the country unable to pay its debts. Other European countries and the International Monetary Fund have helped keep the country afloat with new loans, in exchange for massive austerity efforts. By the end of 2012, the unemployment rate was at 26.8 percent.
A study presented in March at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology found that heart attack rates in Greece have risen along with the unemployment rate. ...