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A group of Canadian scientists conducted a large-scale study that revealed a direct correlation between socio-economic status and susceptibility to heart attacks and strokes.
The study was conducted for more than 15 years in 25 countries (such as Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Argentina, Brazil, Saudi Arabia. Iran, Canada and Sweden), it was attended by 225,000 people aged 35 to 70 years, living in both urban and rural communities.
The results of the study are interesting for their wide sample of respondents from countries with completely different levels of economic and medical development. This made the conclusions universal for people from anywhere in the world.
The results were based on responses from two questionnaires. The third questionnaire included data on cardiovascular risk factors and a physical examination. Socio-economic status was assessed by the level of education and the household welfare index.
Initially, attention was paid to wealth as the main indicator of predicting heart health, but soon scientists discovered that wealth is not a standardized indicator, unlike the level of education.
Even if a fortune suddenly falls on a person, he will not become healthier from this, but a high level of education and awareness in general will lead to an improvement in the health of the population.
Article by Rosengren et al. Socio-economic status and risk of cardiovascular disease in 20 low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries: the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiologic (PURE) study published in The Lancet.
Elena Panasyuk, portal "Eternal youth" http://vechnayamolodost.ru / based on the materials of Simon Fraser University: Global study links better education, wealth to improved heart health.