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Housing Conditions Affect Cardiovascular Health Risks

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People who are homeless may experience 60-70% higher rates of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure, compared to the general population, according to a study cited in "The Importance of Housing and Cardiovascular Health and Well-Being," a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association published today in the Association's journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

The statement reviews and summarizes current research about how housing stability, safety, affordability, lack of access to high-quality housing, and neighborhood environment affect cardiovascular disease risk. Homelessness is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and ...