By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 15:45 BST, 4 September 2019 | Updated: 22:51 BST, 4 September 2019
People living in the poorest counties in the US are at the greatest risk of dying from heart failure of any in the country, a new study says.
Researchers found that for every one percent poorer a country was, there also an increase of five heart failure deaths per 100,000 people.
The link between county poverty and deaths from heart failure was mostly attributed to high rates diabetes and obesity, both of which are risk factors for heart disease.
The strongest of this was seen in Southern US counties.
The team, from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, says that if health policies are implemented in poor communities that focus on reducing the prevalence of diabetes and obesity - such as improving diet and exercise - then heart failure death rates may fall, too.
A new study from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, has found that for every one percent increase in county poverty status, there was an increase of five heart failure deaths per 100,000 people (file image)
'This study underscores the disparities in healthcare faced by many Americans,' said Dr Jennifer Ellis, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in New York, who was not involved in the