Heart disease risk higher for people in sustained poverty

03/30/2009 | Reuters

Lifelong poverty raises a person's risk of developing heart disease by 82%, compared with higher-income people, according to a study. Researchers followed 1,835 adults between 1971 and 2003 and found an "accumulation of risk" for heart disease -- including higher rates of smoking and obesity -- among people who lived in poverty as children and adults.

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