October 4, 2022

Study shows how lack of money affects our heart

Socio-economic status is a major risk factor for poor health.

People with financial disadvantage are more likely to suffer from chronic diagnoses such as cardiovascular disease.

A new study has given a new perspective on how finances can affect our health, especially the risk of heart attack.

In a study published in JAMA Cardiology, researchers say that changes in wealth are associated with a higher risk of heart attack – an increase in wealth is associated with a lower probability of heart attack, while a decrease in wealth is associated with a higher risk of heart attack. high.

“Reduced wealth is a risk factor that can change during a person’s lifetime and can affect a person’s cardiovascular health status,” said study co-author Matthias Vedugeneten.

Using data from the RAND Health Survey (HRS) – which tracked information on participants’ financial assets, including housing, savings, debts and income – the researchers examined 5,579 adults over the age of 50 who did not have heart problems. when HRS started.

Between January 1992 and December 2016, participants reported all the new health diagnoses they received. The researchers found that subjects whose wealth increased were less likely to develop cardiovascular disease, while a decrease in wealth increased their risk for heart disease.

“Reduced wealth is associated with higher levels of stress, less healthy behavior and less free time, and all of this is associated with poorer cardiovascular health,” said another study co-author, Andrej Samarsono.

Although most research focuses on income, this research gives a broader picture of how a person’s financial situation can affect their health – salary may be the main financial stress in life, but it is not the only one.

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