Grey Hair Could Be A Warning Sign For Heart Disease In Men

Posted: Apr 11 2017, 3:33pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 11 2017, 3:39pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Grey Hair could be a Warning Sign for Heart Disease in Men
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New research finds a link between grey hair and increased risk of heart disease

Men with grey hair may be at higher risk of chronic heart disease, a new research suggests.

Grey hair might be an early indicator of heart problem in men. Researchers say that grey hair and atherosclerosis - hardening and narrowing of the arteries – are caused by the similar processes in body such as impaired DNA repair, oxidative stress, inflammation, hormonal changes and deterioration of functional cells. Ignoring this marker could lead to devastating consequences.

“Ageing is an unavoidable coronary risk factor and is associated with dermatological signs that could signal increased risk,” said Dr Irini Samuel, a cardiologist at Cairo University, Egypt. “More research is needed on cutaneous signs of risk that would enable us to intervene earlier in the cardiovascular disease process.”

The findings stem from an analysis that looked at more than 500 male participants. These participants were suspected for heart disease and underwent Computed tomography angiography. Researchers then attempted to find a link between presence or absence of the heart disease and the amount of grey/white hair among participants.

Participants scored on a scale of 1 to 5. 1 represented pure black hair while participants with pure white hair earned 5.

By analyzing the hair whitening score, esearchers found that patients with coronary artery disease had significantly higher amount of grey hair compared with those without the disease.

"Atherosclerosis and hair greying occur through similar biological pathways and the incidence of both increases with age. Our findings suggest that, irrespective of chronological age, hair greying indicates biological age and could be a warning sign of increased cardiovascular risk,” said Dr Samuel.

“Further research is needed in coordination with dermatologists, to learn more about the causative genetic and possible avoidable environmental factors that determine hair whitening.”

If confirmed, it would be a huge breakthrough and researchers will look to grey hair for early signs of heart disease. Diagnosing heart problem in earliest stages can help prevent the worst from happening.

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