Childhood Poverty May Predict Heart Failure in Adulthood

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 — Growing up poor might put you at risk for heart failure in adulthood, a new study suggests.
Heart failure, a progressive condition, means the heart isn’t pumping as well as it should. This causes fatigue and shortness of breath, and can make everyday activities difficult to carry out.
Finnish researchers looked at household income for hundreds of children in 1980. The findings showed that kids from poor families were more likely than richer children to have an enlarged, poorly functioning lower left heart chamber — a sign of heart failure — three decades later.
The results aren’t surprising, health experts say.
“There are continuing socioeconomic inequalities in health across generations and across countries,” said Rebecca Hardy, from the…
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