Women from low socioeconomic backgrounds are 25% more likely to suffer a heart attack than disadvantaged men. | OnMedica | Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
In a review of 116 studies, researchers from The George Institute for Global Health examined data from 22 million people from North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia and found, as expected, that markers of a lower socioeconomic status (education, occupation, income or area of residence), compared to a higher, are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease for both sexes. However, the results also showed women from more disadvantaged backgrounds were relatively more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease than men from similar backgrounds.
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Full reference: Backholer K, Peters SAE, Bots SH, et al. Sex differences in the relationship between socioeconomic status and cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, published online first 14 December 2016