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Signs of ageing also a sign of future cardiovascular troubles


A new study found that an ageing face was a possible sign of future heart ill-health.


Christopher Furlong

People who look older are more at risk of heart troubles a new study found.

Researchers in Denmark found that the signs of ageing such as a receding hairline or deep wrinkles may signal poor cardiovascular health.

“The visible signs of aging reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age,” said study author Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, in a press release, according to USA Today.

The study looked at over 10,000 people over 40 in the Copenhagen Heart Study.

The participants had various elderly traits, including baldness, earlobe creases, wrinkles and fatty deposits under the eye.

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With regular check-ups for 35 years, the long-term study found that 3,401 participants developed heart disease, while 1,708 had a heart attack, reported Bloomberg.

Researchers found that in those people, ageing traits were strongly correlated with the heart troubles.

For instance, those people who had three or all of those signs of ageing had a 57 percent increased risk for heart attacks.

They also had a 39 percent higher risk of heart disease.

It was found that fatty deposits under the eyes were the single biggest external predictor of heart disease.

Those deposits could be signs of high cholesterol levels, while baldness may be linked to lowered testosterone levels.

The results were announced at the American Heart Association conference in Los Angeles Tuesday.