Leaving school earlier could increase the risk of heart disease

Although it has been known for a long time, that education, and socioeconomic position affect health, particularly in later life, there was limited knowledge as to why. New research has found that increased levels of BMI, blood pressure and smoking partly explain why people who left school at an earlier age could be at an increased risk of heart disease.

The study led by the University of Bristol and Imperial College London, and published in the BMJ today, investigated the role of body mass index (BMI), systolic blood pressure (SBP) and smoking in European populations to explain the effect of education on the risk of cardiovascular disease, which affects the heart or blood vessels and includes heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

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