Sept. 25 (UPI) — Being wealthy appears to reduce a person’s risk for heart disease — at least in the United States — based on the findings of an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open.
The prevalence of conditions such as congestive heart failure, angina and stroke among individuals with incomes in the top 20% nationally ranged from roughly 1% to 1.5%, the data showed.
For the remaining 80% of people, however, the prevalence of these conditions ranged from about 2.8% to 3.1%, the researchers said.
Meanwhile, the prevalence of heart attack was about 3.9% among the poorest 80%, compared to about 2.1% for the wealthiest 20%, researchers found.
“Our results suggest that the public conversation around income inequality should move beyond a ‘top 1%’ narrative to one that acknowledges that the richest 20% of Americans are ‘pulling away’ on health from the poorest 80%,” study co-author Dr. Salma