Looking old may be a sign of heart risks 看起來老可能是心臟疾病徵兆

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 - Page 10

Want a clue to your risk of heart disease? Look in the mirror. People who look old with receding hairlines, bald heads, creases near their ear lobes or bumpy deposits on their eyelids are at greater risk of developing heart disease than younger-looking people the same age, new research suggests.

“Looking old for your age marks poor cardiovascular health,’’ said Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

A small consolation: Wrinkles elsewhere on the face and gray hair seemed just ordinary consequences of aging and did not correlate with heart risks.

The research began in 1976. At the start, researchers documented people’s appearance, counting crow’s-feet, wrinkles and other signs of age. In the next 35 years, 3,400 participants developed heart disease (clogged arteries), and 1,700 suffered a heart attack.

Those with three to four of these aging signs had a 57 percent greater risk for heart attack and a 39 percent greater risk for heart disease compared to people with none of these signs.

Having yellowish eyelid bumps, which could be signs of cholesterol buildup, conferred the most risk, researchers found. Baldness in men has been tied to heart risk before, possibly related to testosterone levels.