September 9th, 2010
Protective Effect of Education Only Occurs in High-Income Countries
The well-known cardiovascular protective effect of education only occurs in high-income countries (HICs), according to a new report from the REACH registry appearing in Circulation. A striking finding was that highly educated women were more likely than their less educated counterparts to smoke in both affluent countries and less affluent countries. The authors point out that “studies linking socioeconomic status to cardiovascular outcomes in HICs cannot be extrapolated to LMICs (low- or middle-income countries), particularly for women.” Overall, educational attainment was protective in HICs, but not in LMICs, against obesity, smoking, and hypertension.