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Low Educational Level Increases Risk For Congestive Heart Failure

risk factors for developing CHF were diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight, smoking and physical inactivity. Each one of these conditions increased the risk of CHF by 30 to 90 percent. In addition, a low education status -- having less than 12 years of schooling -- increased the risk by 35 percent.

"Most likely, it isn't the lack of education itself, but the socio-economic conditions facing people with less education that increases the risk," He adds. "People with more education can be expected to be somewhat more knowledgeable about such health-related matters as nutrition and weight control. They also usually have higher incomes, which gives them better access to health care.

"The implications of our study are that there needs to be improvement in the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure in low socio-economic status populations," says He.

Co-authors are Lorraine Ogden, M.S., Suma Vupputuri, M.P.H., and Paul Whelton, M.D., of Tulane; and Catherine Loria, Ph.D., of the National Center for Health Statistics.

The research was presented at the American Heart Association 39th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.


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Contact: Carole Bullock
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