From the Heart-Lund Foundation's Christmas Heart Campaign

Low Education Heart Disease Risk

People with less education run a higher risk of getting a heart attack.

According to a new report from the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation, the risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease is twice as high for men with only a primary school education.

For women the risk is three times as high.

The foundation’s Heart Attack Index also finds three important lifestyle factors.

Consumption of fruits and vegetables, and exercise reduce the incidence of heart disease, while smoking increases the risk. Other factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, age and weight.

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