Poor people are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease

Researchers from Switzerland analyzed data on the health and income of more than 110 thousand residents of England, France, Switzerland, and Portugal and found that low income is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. To a greater extent, scientists believe, this is due to lack of sleep. The results are published in the Cardiovascular Research journal.

It turned out that men who have a low income, increased the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by 48%, and women living below the poverty line — by 53% compared with those who earn well.

The authors of this study believe that the main reason for this is a lack of sleep. They calculated how much did participants sleep on average and found that sleeping less than six hours was responsible for 13.4% of CHD cases.

Perhaps, the scientists note, people living in poverty do not sleep much because they have to work in several low-paid jobs, nervous and worried about the lack of money. Also, poor sleep can be caused by night noise, because often low-income people live in densely populated homes with poor sound insulation, as well as near highways and airports. Therefore, the researchers advise still invest in the installation of double window frames in order to reduce the level of extraneous noise and restore normal sleep.

Nov. 26, 2019, 10:48 a.m.

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