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Good neighbours linked to better health

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Aug. 19, 2014

Having good neighbours may prevent heart attacks. (Fotolia)


 

Living in a friendly community may curb your risk of having a heart attack, a new American study has found.

In a study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers followed more than 5,000 U.S. adults with no known heart problems for four years, starting in 2006. The average age of study participants was 70 and they all took part in the national Health and Retirement Study.

The researchers said it is known that where a person lives can negatively affect their cardiovascular health if there is a high density of fast food outlets, violence, noise, pollution and drug use.

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But they found living in friendly neighbourhoods significantly decreased the risk of having a heart attack.

The researchers noted this was an observation study, so no definitive conclusions can be drawn from it. But a strong support network of family and friends has been linked to better health, and having good neighbours may be an extension of that.

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