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Socioeconomic status and cardiovascular health in the COVID-19 pandemic
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    • Tomoyuki Kawada, MD Department of Hygiene and Public Health, Nippon Medical School

    I read the report of Naylor-Wardle et al.The authors reviewed the effect of socioeconomic status (SES) on all-cause and cardiovascular disease in the COVID-19 era. Combination of CVD morbidity and COVID-19 infection relate to severity of disease and poor prognosis. A lower SES and ethnic minority both contribute to the increased mortality and CVD incidence, which is accelerated by COVID-19 infection, especially in the vulnerable elderly populations. They also made an emphasis that lifestyle factors such as tobacco, alcohol, high-fat and salt content food might be more exposed in populations with lower SES, and I want to present some information about this review.

    First, Machado et al. conducted a long-term retrospective cohort study to evaluate the association between midlife wealth mobility and risk of CVD events in adults of 50 years or older.2 Higher initial wealth was significantly associated with lower cardiovascular risk. In addition, participants who experienced upward and downward wealth mobility significantly presented lower and higher hazards of a subsequent non-fatal CVD event or CVD death, respectively. This means that the inverse relationship between SES and CVD are also observed in a changing state of SES midlife populations. In the era of COVID-19 pandemic, SES in people might be changed in response to social status. Taken together, health risk assessment should be conducted prospectively by considering...

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