Know the Signs of Increased Risk for Heart Disease

Certain physical features may predict heart disease risk—at least that’s what a study from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark reveals. Next time you are in front of a mirror, you may want to spend a few minutes checking out these signs.

Researchers looked at the health profiles of over 10,000 participants in a 35-year study to see whether certain physical features could predict a risk of heart disease. The study was presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

The researchers looked at six facial features:

  • Baldness at the crown of the head
  • Receding hairline at the temples
  • Gray hair
  • Wrinkles
  • Earlobe creases
  • Fatty deposits around the eyelids

The presence of gray hair or wrinkles was not found to be associated with heart disease risk, but the other four signs of aging were found to be associated with an increased risk. Participants with at least three of these four attributes were 57 percent more at risk of suffering a heart attack and faced a 39 percent increased risk for developing a disabling condition related to heart disease.

While these typical signs of aging cannot fully predict heart disease, the researchers recommend that a review of these areas be “a routine part of every doctor’s physical examination.”

Heart disease can lead to many serious medical conditions, such as heart attacks and stroke. Ranking as the fourth worst state in the union for heart-disease–related deaths, Louisiana doctors should pay particular attention to any signs that can help them identify and treat patients with this silent disease.

These conditions may qualify you for Social Security disability benefits if they prevent you from performing substantial gainful activity. Filing for Social Security disability benefits is complicated and time-consuming, but your New Orleans and Metairie Social Security disability attorney is up to the task.

When you’re ready to get started, contact Loyd J. Bourgeois, LLC at 985-240-9773 to begin your claim. My personalized service and attention mean less hassle and worry, so you can focus on your health instead of having to spend your days wading through the process. Call today: 985-240-9773.

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