Midlife Change in Wealth May Be Costly for Heart Health
9/06 - Midlife changes in wealth may affect a patient's risk of cardiovascular disease, a new cohort study suggests. It found that upward wealth mobility relative to peers was independently associated with protection against cardiovascular disease after age 65. In contrast, downward wealth mobility during middle age was linked to an increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events.
"A lot of studies have shown an inverse relationship between wealth and health in cross section at a single timepoint. What we really wanted to understand is whether this risk is modifiable and if this relationship changes over time," senior author Muthiah Vaduganathan, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart & Vascular Center, Boston, Massachusetts, said in an interview with theheart.org | Medscape Cardiology.