Reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, a higher level of education

The longer the training, the lower the risk for heart disease

In previous studies it has been shown that better education reduces suffering the risk for heart. However, it was not really clear why that is so. Researchers from the UK have now succeeded in this regard, at least in part, to educate.

Risk for cardiovascular disease decreases by one-third

Previous studies have shown that the risk for cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction or stroke per 3.6 years spent in education is reduced by about a third. However, it is not exactly clear why this is so. In a new study by British researchers, this correlation could be explained, at least partially.

The longer the training lasts, the lower the risk of cardiovascular disease to develop. This was the result of a study from the United Kingdom. (Image: kasto/

Reduction of the BMI and systolic blood pressure

In the current study showed that the reduced risk can only be explained to 40 percent through-the-Body-Mass-Index (BMI), blood pressure, and Smoking.

To obtain this result, used the researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford statistical and genetic analyses.

The analysis also showed that 3.6 years of additional training was associated with a reduction in BMI by 1 kg/m2 and systolic blood pressure of 3 mmHg.

The results of the research were published in the scientific magazine “British Medical Journal” (BMJ).

More intensive engagement with health issues

“Although we already knew from previous research that someone who spends more time in the training, has seizures, a lower risk for heart disease and stroke, we did not know the reason,” explained Co-first author Dr. Dipender Gill of Imperial College London said in a statement.

“Surprisingly, our studies have shown that this protective effect is only due to the fact that half of a healthy weight, lower blood pressure and less Smoking,” said the scientist.

“We now need to examine what other reasons education and a lower risk for cardiovascular diseases can bring.”

According to the researchers, it is possible that people deal with after a long training with health issues and health complaints tend to consult a doctor.

Even after the completion of the school of education can intervene

Alice Carter, Co-first author from the University of Bristol, said that earlier measures, the duration of compulsory education, extended, improved health. Such efforts should be continued in your opinion.

“An intervention in education is, however, difficult to achieve and requires great social as well as political changes,” says the scientist.

“Our work shows that there are opportunities, after the completion of the school of education to intervene in order to reduce the potential risk of heart disease,” said Carter.

“Through the reduction of BMI, blood pressure, or the Smoking rate among people who have left school at an earlier age, could reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease.”

The expert is not pointed out, though, that a former school drop-out does not necessarily mean that a Person with heart disease developed. (ad)