Often changes in the body can be indicative of other health problems and that is true of male pattern baldness. While many men may attribute their own hair loss to aging and genetics, it’s also important to consult a doctor and ensure that it’s not a symptom of something more severe. A recent study shows that there’s a link between male pattern baldness and cardiac problems.
The study was an 11 year follow-up study by Paulo A. Lotufo, MD, DrPH, from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and colleagues. 22,071 males between the ages of 40 and 84 were involved in this study and results show that in fact, men that lose their hair are more likely to have coronary heart disease. Here are some of the specific statistical findings of the study:
- Men with vertex baldness (hair loss on the crown of the head) and hypertension have a 79% greater chance of having coronary heart disease than men with no hair loss. The same is true of men with high cholesterol and this type of hair loss; with the risk about three times as high.
- Men with frontal baldness are 9% more likely than men with no hair loss to experience coronary heart disease
- Men with minor hair loss at the crown (but no other health issues) have a 23% greater risk, and men with moderate balding have a 32% risk.
- Men with severe vertex balding have a 36% greater risk
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