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For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2015
Media Contact:
Tania Leets
tania.leets@jhsmiami.org
305-585-4081

JACKSON STUDY REVEALS CORRELATION BETWEEN HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF HEART DISEASE

Data revealed a significant increase in hospital admissions for acute coronary syndromes during the financial crisis of 2008-2009

Miami, FL – A team of Jackson Memorial Hospital cardiologists conducted a study that showed the relationship between the last American financial crisis and the prevalence of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) admission rates.

The study, “Time Correlation Between the American Financial Crisis of 2008-2009 and an Increase in the Prevalence of ACS Admissions,” was presented by Jackson cardiologists this month at the American College of Cardiology‘s 64th Annual Scientific Session in California.

“Our study illustrates that there is a strong connection between the state of our mind and the state of our heart,” said Cesar E. Mendoza, MD, medical director of cardiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital. “This connection is associated with cardiovascular risk factors which play a role in the development of heart disease.”

The findings revealed that nearly 15 percent of total monthly admissions were due to ACS and was significantly higher compared to the year before the financial crisis and the year after.

Annually, some 600,000 people die of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for men and women who are African Americans, Caucasian and Hispanic.

This team of Jackson cardiologists is currently conducting a similar study, examining the potential increase in the prevalence of acute coronary events during heavy hurricane seasons in South Florida.

“Recent natural and man-induced massive events, including the earthquake in Japan and the Katrina hurricane have provided the cardiology community the opportunity to study the impact of the intense stress caused by these events in a large population sample,” Dr. Mendoza said.

Jackson Health System provides a full range of cardiology services for the people of all ages, from infants to adulthood. Our medical team specializes on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart conditions. For more information about Jackson’s cardiology services, 305-585-1111.

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