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Your Neighborhood

A 2001 study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that people in lower-income neighborhoods were up to three times more likely to have heart disease than peers with similar incomes, education, and jobs living in wealthier communities.

The researchers looked at heart attacks over a 9-year period in people aged 45 to 64 living in four states.

“It’s very true and something you can’t do much about other than change where you live or spend time in places where it isn’t quite so toxic,” says Malissa J. Wood, M.D., co-director of the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center.


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