Higher Education Reduces Death Risk for Heart Disease

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Heart disease is a major cause of death both in the United States and worldwide. Heart disease can be caused by your lifestyle choices such as unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight and smoking. But do you know heart disease can be related to how long you stay in school?



A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that education level can influence people's risk of developing cardiovascular disease.


About the study


The researchers studied 6,318 older adults in three Atlanta-based hospitals who were diagnosed and assessed heart problems, asked their education levels along with other demographic details and medical history, and then followed them for four years.



It turned out that compared to people with graduate degrees, those who had lower education levels had a higher risk of heart attack, dying from a cardiovascular event, and overall death.


Specifically, compared to people with graduate degrees:

—People with elementary or middle school education had a 52% higher risk

—People with high school education had a 43% higher risk

—People with college education had a 26% higher risk



The meaning of the study


After adjusting for traditional cardiovascular risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking, and other demographic characteristics including sex and income level, the higher risk remained. This means education level influenced heart disease risk independently.


"What's striking is how important the role of education is," the study's senior author, Dr. Arshed Quyyumi said. "Most of us practitioners, we don't ask patients for their educational levels when we're seeing them — and we don't take any added precautions when you find that somebody may not be as well educated as another person."



The results show a need for increased awareness among doctors. Doctors should be more active to make sure heart patients are taking medicine and making recommended lifestyle changes to lower risk.


The results also show the link between a person's health and social determinants, including:



housing density


stress factors



These factors influence where and how people live, learn, work and play. Doctors should pay more attention to the influence of social determinants on patients. Education, along with income, housing density, violence and stress can be essential to one's health.


13 Answers

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Finally. Here comes a way I can convince my daughter to college.
Bullshit you'd rather tell her get a richman in college.
Lol and those rich men have lower risk of heart disease.
The new generation are insane. They wont listen when you tell them to learn. Same thing happens when you tell them to eat healthily.
Insane? Really? So you actually believe you can generalize about tens of millions of people you've never met simply by knowing what year they were born?

I guess the young people today can't all be as brilliant and perfect as you are, judging by your flawless logic and your acute ability to objectively assess any and all social phenomena.
Like the higher degree you have and the longer you learn, the less likely you get AD.
This is quite normal. People with high education levels are more likely to receive more useful information, including information about health. So they find more ways to maintain their health.
Well, all teachers should recommend this post to their students.
Study hard, children, your life is in your own hands.
It seems that heart disease is almost related to everything. It's TERRIBLE. I don't want to know this. Let me live without knowing it.
i will tell my son today, if he doesn't study well, he will have heart disease in the future
you know what? poor students will be scared by their scores everytime! of course their hearts will have problems!!
Never ignore the role of education, it can quietly but profoundly affect all aspects of our lives.