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Research: Drop in income linked to higher risk of heart disease

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A change in your income may be bad for your heart, according to new a study.

Researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital followed nearly 9,000 people from four parts of the country for 17 years.

Those who experienced a drop in income of at least 50 percent had a higher risk of heart disease.

An increase in pay of at least 50 percent was associated with a lower risk.

Their research was published in JAMA Cardiology, a peer-reviewed medical journal.

The participants were from Jackson, Mississippi, Washington County, Maryland, the suburbs of Minneapolis, and Forsyth County, North Carolina.

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