Signs of aging could be signs of heart disease

6:48 AM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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(KSDK) -- A new study shows certain signs of aging could also be early indicators of heart disease.

Danish researchers followed 11,000 people. Those with receding hairlines, bald heads, creases near their ear lobes or cholesterol deposits under their eyelids had a greater chance of developing heart disease.

Dr. Mark Friedman, at SSM St. Mary's, said the study is valid. But when it comes to heart health, there are much more important factors.

"Most of a person's risk of heart disease, which is still the number one killer in this country, even up to 90 percent of a person's risk, is still explained by the traditional risk factors. And people should really try to control those: blood pressure, not smoking, diabetes, exercising, a heart-healthy diet," Friedman said.

The study found more typical signs of aging, like wrinkles and gray hair, had no connection to heart health.



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