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Looking old linked to more heart risks

Published on Nov 7, 2012 7:32 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - If you look old, you might be at higher risk of heart trouble.

People with several visible signs of ageing such as hair loss and fatty deposits around the eyes have a higher risk of developing heart problems than those of the same age who look younger, according to a study presented on Tuesday.

"The visible signs of ageing reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age," Dr Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, senior author of the study and professor at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, said in a statement. She presented the results at an annual conference held by the American Heart Association in Los Angeles.

The study, focused on almost 11,000 people aged 40 and older, found that those who had three to four ageing signs had a 57 per cent increased risk of heart attack and a 39 per cent increased risk for heart disease. Among the ageing signs cited were a receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the crown of the head, earlobe creases and yellow fatty deposits around the eyelids.

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