There’s no place like home, it would seem, with regard to cardiovascular health. New research suggests that living in an inclusive neighborhood with helpful and friendly neighbors could reduce the risk of heart attack.

A study conducted by a team from the University of Michigan has been published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, examining the potential health-enhancing effects that the positive characteristics of local neighborhoods could have on the people living there.

According to the authors, the majority of previous research has focused on the impact of negative neighborhood characteristics on cardiovascular health, such as the density of fast food restaurants, drug use, noise and vandalism. These studies have reported that negative neighborhood factors are linked to poorer health.

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