Smokers with low education have greater risk of stroke
Smokers with low educational levels are more likely to have strokes than smokers with more education, according to a new study.
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen looked at data on more than 68,000 adults between ages 30 to 70, whom they divided into groups based on low, medium and high education levels, “lower” being defined as elementary school or lower secondary school. The researchers then measured the participants’ smoking and high blood pressure.
The findings, published in the journal Stroke, showed that smokers with a lower level of education had a higher risk of stroke than smokers with a higher level of education, regardless of their blood pressure. The study suggests that more emphasis needs to be placed on reducing smoking and high blood pressure in lower socioeconomic groups and that that could help reduce the incidence of strokes.