Heart Attacks More Common Among Low-income Canadians

by Kathy Jones on  May 29, 2010 at 8:01 PM Heart Disease News   - G J E 4
A new report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information says that low-income Canadians are more likely to suffer from heart attacks than their richer counterparts.
 Heart Attacks More Common Among Low-income Canadians
Heart Attacks More Common Among Low-income Canadians

The report says that nearly 67,000 Canadians were hospitalized due to a heart attack in 2008-09. A detailed analysis showed that those residing in poorer neighborhoods were 37 per cent more likely to have a heart attack than those in the affluent districts.

"Medical literature indicates that not every patient is selected for or would benefit from such a procedure," the report said, adding that mortality rates within 30 days of hospitalization remained at 8.3% for rich as well as poor patients.

Heart attacks were found to be occurring in 347 per 100,000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador, which was the peak and a low of 169 per 100,000 in British Columbia. The report added that if the heart attack rate was similar for all groups, it would result in potential savings of $100 million.

Source: Medindia

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