Baldness, baggy eyes signal risk of heart attack


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Baldness, baggy eyes signal risk of heart attack

Tell-tale signs of aging, such as baldness, baggy eyes and creased earlobes may be an early warning of heart disease, scientists claim.

In a study, researchers found those who had three to four aging signs — receding hairline at the temples, boldness at the head's crown, earlobe crease and yellow fatty deposits around the eyelid (xanthelasmata) — had a 57% increased risk for heart attack and a 39% increased risk for heart disease.

"The visible signs of aging reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age," said Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, the study's senior author and professor of clinical biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Researchers analysed 10,885 participants 40 years and older (45% women) in the Copenhagen Heart Study. Of these, 7,537 had frontoparietal baldness 3,938 had crown top baldness, 3,405 had earlobe crease, and 678 had fatty deposits around the eye. In 35 years of follow-up, 3,401 participants developed heart disease and 1,708 had a heart attack.

Individually and combined, these signs predicted heart attack and heart disease independent of traditional risk factors. Fatty deposits around the eye were the strongest individual predictor of both heart attack and heart disease.

Heart attack and heart disease risk increased with each additional sign of aging in all age groups and among men and women. The highest risk was for those in their 70s and those with multiple signs of ageing. "Checking these visible ageing signs should be a routine part of every doctor's physical examination," Tybjaerg-Hansen said.
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Ruler's of Penmai
Registered User
Jul 26, 2012
Dear viji, very good information and timely you have posted this information so that people can go check their routine medical check up for the health of their heart thanks

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