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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Looking old for your age marks poor cardiovascular health

The AP (11/7) reports on a study presented at the American Heart Association meeting finding that "people who look old...have a greater chance of developing heart disease than younger-looking people the same age." Study author Dr. Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, University of Copenhagen, summed up the findings, "Looking old for your age marks poor cardiovascular health." Specifically, "Those with three to four of these aging signs - receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the crown of the head, earlobe creases or yellowish fatty deposits around the eyelids - had a 57% greater risk for heart attack and a 39% greater risk for heart disease compared to people with none of these signs." Yet "wrinkles elsewhere on the face and gray hair seemed just ordinary consequences of aging and did not correlate with heart risks."