Monday, November 28, 2011

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The odds of suffering heart failure appear to be higher in seniors with a low income, even among those with a college or higher education, according to research presented last week at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2011 in Orlando.

"As far as the risk of developing heart failure is concerned, lower education may not matter if a person is able to maintain a high income in later years," said Ali Ahmed, MD, MPH, senior researcher and the director of the Geriatric Heart Failure Clinics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Birmingham VA Medical Center.

The researchers said the study is the first to link low income with an increased risk of heart failure in Medicare-eligible community-dwelling older men and women.

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