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Patients in poverty less likely to make lifestyle changes
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Heart disease patients who live in rich countries are more likely to make healthy changes in their lifestyles than people in poor companies, according to a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In all countries, a majority of heart attack and stroke patients do not make lifestyle changes after diagnosis.

In the highest-income countries, three-quarters of heart disease patients who had ever smoked quit after being diagnosed. In low-income countries, that figures was 38 percent. In middle-income countries, it was 56 percent.

Similar findings were made regarding diets. In poor countries, only 25 percent of patients switched to healthier food after being diagnosed, but in high- and middle-income countries, more than 40 percent of patients did.

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