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article imageStudies show that poverty can affect blood pressure in women

By KJ Mullins     Oct 31, 2009 in Health
The Centre for Research on Inner City Health through the Keenan Research Centre at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto reports that women living in poorer areas are at risk for high blood pressure and that parent's stress can risk a child for asthma.
The lower the socio-economic levels the higher the risk of high blood pressure among women. Women living in the poorest areas have on average a ten per cent increase compared to their male counterparts according to a study supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada reports Saint Michael's Hospital in Toronto.
Using the numbers from that study it is estimated that approximately 460,000 women are living with high blood pressure in these areas.
The findings from the study show that these neighbourhoods need targeted health care programs aimed at cardiovascular health.
Another study shows that the higher a parent's stress level the more likely their children will be prone to asthma. The study indicts that parental stress increases the effect of traffic-related air polluntion on their offspring.
One reason behind this finding could be the greater use of tobacco products with highly stressed parents.
It was also noted that children from low socioeconomic areas also had an increased risk of asthma.
The findings point to reducing stress among parents which could improve the outcomes for asthmatic children.
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