Your neighborhood could effect your health
A new study shows that the economic situation of people’s neighborhoods may affect their risk of suffering a heart attack.
Researchers at Stockholm University found that among 3,610 people living near the urban area of Stockholm, those living in lower-income neighborhoods had a higher rate of heart attack than those living in more affluent areas. But the risk was not fully explained by a person’s income, education and occupation—factors that many studies have linked to disease and death risk. The implication is that neighborhood characteristics can add to the health effects of an individual’s economic situation—partly because their living environment shapes their attitudes and behaviors.