Can a bank crisis break your heart?

Global Health. 2008 Jan 15;4:1. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-4-1.


Background: To assess whether a banking system crisis increases short-term population cardiovascular mortality rates.

Methods: International, longitudinal multivariate regression analysis of cardiovascular disease mortality data from 1960 to 2002

Results: A system-wide banking crisis increases population heart disease mortality rates by 6.4% (95% CI: 2.5% to 10.2%, p < 0.01) in high income countries, after controlling for economic change, macroeconomic instability, and population age and social distribution. The estimated effect is nearly four times as large in low income countries.

Conclusion: Banking crises are a significant determinant of short-term increases in heart disease mortality rates, and may have more severe consequences for developing countries.