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Healthy hearts tied to income

​DECATUR -- A startling trend in health care has emerged in recent years. Americans’ life expectancy is tied to their income.
Those with more money tend to live longer than those without.
According to the American Heart Association, while U.S. deaths from heart attacks, strokes and other heart diseases have been declining, the benefits have not been shared equally across economic, racial and ethnic groups.
According to a study published in the Vital and Health Statistics Journal, Americans earning less than $35,000 are 65 percent more likely to have heart disease and 144 percent more likely to have a stroke than those earning more than $100,000 a year.
Education is a key factor. It affects what kind of job a person has, their access to health care, income and stress, and also what they know about health. Research indicates that people with lower educational levels die younger, largely due to cardiovascular disease, according to Edward P. Havranek, a cardiologist at Denver Health Medical Center and professor of cardiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.4