Study demonstrated an economic difficulties gradient in coronary events
17 August 2005
Researchers have investigated self-reported economic difficulties and coronary events in men.
According to investigators in England, "Numerous studies have demonstrated social inequalities in coronary heart disease using a variety of measures of social position. In this study we examine associations between persistent economic difficulties and serious coronary events."
Dr Jane Ferrie [UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health] and colleagues wrote, "Our aim is to assess whether these associations are (i) explained by other measures of socioeconomic status, and (ii) mediated by psychosocial, behavioral and biological factors."
They concluded, "We have demonstrated an economic difficulties gradient in coronary events in men that is independent of other markers of socioeconomic position and appears to be only partially mediated by well-known risk factors in mid-life."
'Mental Health Law Weekly'