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Less Education Increases Heart Attack Risk, Study Finds

Less Education Increases Heart Attack Risk, Study Finds

Yet another study has linked higher rates of education to health benefits that can potentially lead to a longer life.

According to DNA India, "[r]esearchers from Sax Institute in Australia investigated the links between education and cardiovascular disease events - such as a heart attack or stroke - by following 267,153 men and women in the state of New South Wales aged over 45."

The researchers found that individuals who had lower levels of education were significantly more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke.

For middle-aged adults, those who did not graduate with a high school degree were 50 percent more likely to have their first stroke than those with university degrees.

Experts say the research is just a further indication of how important pursuing education is on an individual’s quality of life.

"We know that a good education impacts long term health by influencing what type of job you have, where you live and what food choices you make," said Kerry Doyle from Heart Foundation New South Wales in Australia, according to the article.

"This research provides an opportunity to further unpack the specific relationship between educational achievement and cardiovascular disease risk, and what can be done to reduce this risk," she said. 

A separate recent study found that higher levels of education and declining levels of dementia are linked.

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that increasing levels of education are likely correlated with declining dementia rates because better-educated people are more equipped to handle the problems that come with old-age.

"It’s...possible that people with more education can better compensate for memory problems as they age, finding ways to work around their impairments, according to an accompanying editorial by Ozioma Okonkwo and Dr. Sanjay Asthana of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health."

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Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor

12/19/2016

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