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  • Students without certificates are more prone to cardiac arrest: Study

    Students leaving school without a certificate might not only face jeopardy in their career but are also more prone to cardiac arrests.

    Students who leave school without a certificate are twice as likely to endure a heart attack than those who have a university degree, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Sax Institute in Australia.

    "Mid-age adults who had not completed high school were 50 per cent more likely to have a first stroke than those with a university degree; those with intermediate levels of education (non-university qualifications) were 20 per cent more likely," said Rosemary Korda from the Australian National University (ANU).

    The study was published in the International Journal for Equity in Health.

    How the study was conducted?

    Researchers at the Sax Institutes gather over 267,153 participants aged above 45 to study the connection between education and cardiovascular disease and found that the risk to cardiovascular disease was around two-thirds (70 per cent) higher among those with intermediate levels of education (non-university qualifications).

    "The lower your education, the more likely you are to have a heart attack or a stroke -- that is the disturbing but clear finding from our research," observed Korda.

    "Our study found that in adults aged 45-64 years, heart attack rates among those with no educational qualifications were more than double (around 150 per cent higher) those of people with a university degree," added Korda.

    A similar pattern of inequality existed between household income and cardiovascular disease events.

    "What these differences in cardiovascular disease rates between more and less disadvantaged groups show us is just how much cardiovascular disease in the population can be prevented," she said.

    Other views:

    • "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
    • "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," Doyle added.


    Source: indiatoday.intoday.in

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