Navigation Links
Lower IQ Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Deaths

Public health messages should be simplified, study finds

WEDNESDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Intelligence appears to be one reason why poor people are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease, Scottish researchers say.

They analyzed data on 4,289 former U.S. soldiers, and found that IQ accounted for more than 20 percent of the difference in heart disease and stroke deaths between people of high and low socioeconomic status. This was in addition to well-established cardiovascular disease risk factors such as obesity and smoking.

The study appears in the July 15 issue of the European Heart Journal.

"We already know that socioeconomically disadvantaged people have worse health and tend to die earlier from conditions such as heart disease, cancer and accidents," study leader Dr. David Batty, an epidemiologist at the Medical Research Council's Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, said in a news release.

"Environmental exposures and health-related behaviors, such as smoking and diet and physical activity, can explain some of this difference, but not all of it. This raises the possibility that, as yet, unmeasured psychological factors need to be considered. One of these is intelligence or cognitive function, commonly referred to as IQ. This measures a person's ability to reason and problem-solve. IQ is strongly related to socioeconomic status," Batty explained.

He said the findings suggest that "public health messages on things like diet, exercise and smoking could be simplified. At present, the messages can be quite complicated, even contradictory, and they lack clarity. For instance, we often read about how some types of alcohol are good for you while others, or even the same ones, are not. These messages can be difficult to interpret, even by knowledgeable people."

Furthermore, he recommends broad efforts to reduce socioeconomic inequalities. "Initiatives aimed at raising living standards and education of the most disadvantaged families with children could potentially make a difference to those children's health and well-being later in life," Batty said.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about heart disease risk factors.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: European Society of Cardiology, news release, July 14, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Early Menstruation Lowers Odds of Surviving Ovarian Cancer
2. European Health Care Institutions Forced to Select Lower-Priced Interventional Cardiology Devices
3. Vegetable Amino Acid Lowers Blood Pressure
4. Larger hospital units have lower miscarriage rates after invasive pregnancy tests
5. Hospital for Special Surgery is Only New York Hospital with Significantly Lower Surgical Site Infection Rate for Hip Replacement Compared to State Average
6. Groups to Congress: Dont Sacrifice Patient Safety to Lower Health Costs
7. BCBSNC Sees Improved Health Quality, Lower Costs Through Financial Rewards to Physicians
8. ICM Controls' Award-Winning Comfort Control Center Improves Comfort and Indoor Air Quality While Lowering Energy Costs
9. Patients with lower urinary tract symptoms more likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome
10. Statins dont lower risk of pneumonia in elderly
11. New Online Home Health Service Launched in California to Expand Direct Patient Care Time While Lowering Costs
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Lower IQ Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Deaths 
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... health professionals, announced today its affiliation with Tennessee Counseling Association. This ... the network of the Tennessee Counseling Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional offers. ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... recently awarded their highest five-star rating ... Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to ... correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media ... give their videos a whole new perspective by using the title layers in ... Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not ... comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library ... City Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ... for fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)...   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: PULM ... announced today that it was added to the Russell ... comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes on ... milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer Robert ... progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical needs, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- MedSource announced today that it has selected Datatrial,s ... choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s commitment to ... by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data capture (EDC) ... the EDC platform of choice in exchange for ... long been a preferred EDC platform by our ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has ... by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), ... Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" report to ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to reach ... 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: