Navigation Links
Higher Wealth Linked to Lower Risk of Early Stroke
Date:4/24/2008

Money makes less of a difference after 65, study finds

THURSDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- The old saying, rich or poor, it's good to have money, appears to apply to the risk of stroke, a new Dutch study finds.

Wealthy Americans have a lower risk of stroke between the ages of 50 and 64, according to the data on the almost 20,000 participants in the ongoing University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study.

And the most probable reason why the difference vanishes at the age of 65 is that more of the poorer, more vulnerable, people have already died off, said study author Mauricio Avendano, a research fellow at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands. The report was published in the April 24 issue of Stroke.

Of the 780,000 Americans who are struck by new or recurrent strokes each year, 27 percent are under 65, according to the American Heart Association.

Avendano and his fellow researcher, M. Maria Glymour of the Harvard School of Public Health, examined the possibility that a later beneficial effect comes from the full health coverage provided by Medicare after age 65.

"It is possible that because more people have care, the differences between the wealthy and others doesn't matter as much," Avendano said. "But this is not a good explanation. We tend to think it is more an effect of what we call selective survival. There is a selection of people who reach age 65. People with low incomes are more likely to die, so when you reach age 65, you have a selected group of very healthy people."

This is the first study to assess the age patterns of wealth, income and education in stroke incidence in older Americans, he said, and also the first to report that economic status predicts stroke risk.

Many earlier reports have linked lower socioeconomic status with an increased risk of stroke. This one draws a distinction between wealth, defined as the total of all financial and housing assets minus liabilities, and high income, but it is not much of a distinction, Avendano said.

"If you are born into a rich family, it doesn't matter whether you have a high income," he said. "You have a lower risk of stroke."

The study divided the participants into six groups, based on their wealth. They zeroed in on those in the fifth highest group, leaving out the rich and ultra rich. The people in that group, formally those in the 75th to 89th percentile, had one-third the risk of a stroke between 50 and 64 of the 10 percent with the lowest wealth.

Not surprisingly, the study found that lower income, wealth and education was associated with a higher incidence of smoking, low physical activity, diabetes and high blood pressure, all major risk factors for stroke.

Education didn't matter much in terms of stroke risk, either before or after age 65.

The public health application of the finding is that giving more money to poor people could reduce their risk of early stroke, Avendano said. But, as he noted in a statement, "diminishing wealth inequality requires transforming structural policies beyond the health-care system that aim to redistribute income and wealth to benefit the most disadvantaged members of society."

The report "didn't surprise me much, but just a little bit," said Dr. Claudette Brooks, an assistant professor of neurology at West Virginia University.

"We know that the risk of stroke increases after age 65, but there are other factors at work," she said.

More information

Risk factors for stroke other than lack of money are described by the American Heart Association.



SOURCES: Mauricio Avendano, Ph.D., research fellow, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Claudette Brooks, M.D., assistant professor, neurology, West Virginia University, Morgantown; April 25, 2008, Stroke


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Smokers have a 41 percent higher risk of suffering depression
2. Myocardial infarction: Mortality for women not higher than for men
3. NCRA Urges U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Judy Biggert to Approve in Conference the Higher Education Reauthorization Bill Providing Closed Captioning for 30 Million Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Americans
4. NCRA Urges Congressman David Wu to Approve in Conference the Higher Education Reauthorization Bill Providing Closed Captioning for 30 Million Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Americans
5. Higher Balance Institute Forced to File Suit to Defend Itself
6. Health Care Work Force Too Small, Unprepared for Aging Baby Boomers; Higher Pay, More Training, and Changes in Care Delivery Needed to Avert Crisis
7. Comfort C(R) Provides Significantly Higher Absorption Than Other Leading Brand
8. Women Veterinarians Face Higher Miscarriage Risk
9. Smokers treated for brain aneurysm with coils at higher risk of recurrence
10. Women at Higher Risk of Abnormal Burn Scars
11. Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy Works in Fewer, But Higher Doses
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Higher Wealth Linked to Lower Risk of Early Stroke
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Brenntag Specialties, Inc.(BSI) , is ... & Beverage and Dietary Supplement market segments across the western ... geographies east of the Rocky Mountains since 2012. Consistent performance in business ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... ... The Valentine’s Season is famous for gift giving with flowers, chocolates and other tokens of ... This year, for more than 5.6 million Americans suffering with Alzheimer’s, those store bought gifts ... them of the lives they’ve led and the people they’ve touched. , That’s ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... If you are feeling ... handle, you are not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ... type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Bell Agency, a full service insurance ... their ongoing community enrichment program. The current campaign fundraises for Angels & Doves, ... being accepted at: http://www.angelsanddoves.com/donate.html . , Angels & Doves was founded in ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... networking and relationship-marketing firm, announced today that nominations will be accepted February ... (ISE®) West Awards. , Awards include the Information Security Executive® of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: MSTX), a biopharmaceutical ... heart failure, today announced that it intends to offer shares ... an underwritten public offering.  The offering is subject to market ... to whether or when the offering may be completed, or ...   --> --> Roth ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... 9, 2016 Hearing protection devices refer to ... transmitted to the inner ear. Hearing protection devices include ... devices are recommended for users exposed to noise levels ... to HPD that are inserted in the ear canal ... to provide more natural sound perception with the help ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... This TforG report includes the Surgical Procedures Database with ... in South Korea . To add ... written and numerical analysis on the current trends, size, ... latest reforms of the local Healthcare system are clearly ... The report helps businesses gain a unique insight into ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: