Grey hair, baldness linked with higher risk of heart disease

grey hair baldness linked higher risk heart disease

If you are under 40 and facing premature hair greying then you are more prone to heart disease than those who have problems with obesity.

“The male-pattern baldness and premature greying of hair are linked to more than five-fold risk of heart disease,” Deccan Chronicle reported by quoting a study.

The study author, from Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Dr Sachin Patil said that obesity is associated with a four-fold risk of early heart disease. He added that the incidence of coronary artery disease in young men is increasing, but it cannot be explained by traditional risk factors.

Dr Patil further added “Premature greying and androgenic alopecia (male-pattern baldness) correlate well with vascular age irrespective of chronological age and are plausible risk factors for coronary artery disease,”

The study investigated the association of premature hair greying and alopecia patterns in young Indian men with coronary artery disease, which included 790 men, aged less than 40 years, with coronary artery disease and 1,270 age-matched healthy men who acted as a control group.

All the participants had a clinical history was taken, electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiography, blood tests and coronary angiogram.

The findings indicated that young men with coronary artery disease had a higher prevalence of premature greying (50 percent versus 30 percent) and male-pattern baldness (49 percent versus 27 percent) compared to healthy controls.

After adjusting the age and other cardiovascular risk factors, male-pattern baldness was associated with a 5.6 times greater risk of coronary artery disease (95 percent confidence interval [CI] 4.0-7.8, p<0.0001) and premature greying was associated with 5.3 times greater risk (95 percent CI 3.7-7.5, p<0.0001).

Principal investigator Dr Kamal Sharma said, “Baldness and premature greying should be considered risk factors for coronary artery disease.”

The research is being presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the Cardiological Society of India (CSI) in Kolkata, India, from November 30 to December.

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