Heart disease rates lower in educated, high-income countries

Dec 21, 2010

Heart disease is a serious condition that can be avoided

Wealthier countries have long been noted for their better overall healthcare systems. New research reveals that education may also play a part in health under some circumstances.

Research published in the health journal Circulation found that heart disease incidences are lower when education levels are higher. Such findings are true in wealthier counties, however, the same cannot be said in developing counties.

Due to this disparity, study author and assistant professor at Emory Rollins Dr. Abhinav Goyal says the study highlights the need to perform studies in various geographic settings.

"We can't simply take studies that are conducted in high-income countries, particularly as they relate to socioeconomic status and health outcomes, and extrapolate them to low - and middle-income countries," says Goyal. "We need dedicated studies in those settings."

Goyal continued on to note that while those who are more educated tend to smoke less, a major contributor to heart disease, that does not mean it can be inferred they will live overall healthier lifestyles.

Those who have heart disease typically face higher health and life insurance premiums. Not smoking and eating a balanced diet can help reduce one's likelihood of developing the condition.

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