Education as a Social Determinant of Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes

June 26, 2023


A newly published study in BMC Public Health reports that education level may be a critical independent social determinant of health (SDoH) influencing cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes. The study, which drew upon data from over 210,000 participants, found that people without a high school degree had a 47.9% higher mortality rate in atherosclerotic CVD than those with college degrees.

According to Maggie L. Shaw, “An additional analysis shows a positive association between 10-year survival and education level overall and among those with CVD. Among individuals with less than a high school diploma, the 10-year survival rate was 94.0% for all-cause mortality but 83.0% among those with CVD compared with 99.0% and 96.0%, respectively, for those with at least a college degree.”

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(Source: AJMC, May 23rd, 2023)

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