Poor Women At Higher Risk To Heart Disease

Call if unfair, but the latest medical study has shown that poor women are more vulnerable to heart disease than those women who have money. What is worse, is the fact that the same study has shown that women who fail to finish high school are also at higher risk of getting inflicted with heart disease than those women who finished high school. According to reports, the data was taken from a study on 26,000 healthy, post-menopausal women who were part of the
U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Women’s Health Initiative.

It was learned that at the the beginning of the study, w omen were surveyed on health and lifestyle habits, as well as their household income and how far they had gone in school. In the succeeding six months for the next eight years, a team led by Dr. Rashmee Shah from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles checked women’s medical records to determine which of them were hospitalized for heart failure — when the heart becomes far less efficient. Sha said based on their study they found out that  Each year, an average of 57 out of every 10,000 women with a household income of less than $20,000 per year were hospitalized with heart failure.

That compared to only about 17 out of 10,000 women whose families made more than $50,000. When the researchers looked for race, underlying health factors and whether women smoked and drank, those in the lowest income bracket still had a  56 percent higher risk of heart failure than the wealthiest women. Moreover, the study has also shown that women that didn’t finis h high school were 21 percent more likely to be hospitalized for the condition than college grads.

The researchers explained poor women are at higher risk of getting heart disease they have less access to preventive care and has less communication with doctors and  understanding of health risks. The researchers hoped the result of their study will inspire poor women to take care of their health even more, after-all health is wealth as the saying goes.