Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Another report - Being poor kills

Poor people are more at risk than others for heart disease even after addressing risk factors including smoking and high blood pressure, U.S. researchers say.

The study indicated that people with lower socioeconomic status had a 50 percent greater risk of developing heart disease than other study participants.

"It is known people with low socioeconomic status have a greater risk for developing heart disease and other health problems, the reason is often attributed to reduced healthcare access or poor adherence to treatments such as smoking cessation or medication," Lead author Peter Franks, a professor at the University of California, says "This study showed for the first time that the increased risk endured despite long-term improvements in other risk factors, indicating that access and adherence could not account for the differences."

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