Donald ”Don” Lee Pferdehirt advises clients on designing, staffing, and operating chemical facilities in his capacity as president of the Spring, TX consulting firm ChemOps Insights, LLC. Charitably active in his free time, Don Pferdehirt supports such medical nonprofits as the American Heart Association.
A new study co-funded by the American Heart Association has found that income volatility may be associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. Published in early 2019 in the journal Circulation, the study saw researchers collect data on nearly 4,000 young adults residing in four diverse US cities. These young adults, all of whom were between 23 and 35 years old at the beginning of the study, were followed from 1990 to 2005.
The results showed that participants whose income significantly decreased at least twice in the 15-year period not only had approximately double the chance of developing cardiovascular disease, but also approximately double the chance of prematurely dying. While the study was not designed to determine cause and effect, the results nonetheless point to income volatility as a threat to public health.