Balding Can Be a Sign of Higher Heart Disease Risk

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Family history is one of the main risk factors of coronary heart disease. If a parent has heart disease then there is a 50% chance that the characteristics that cause the condition will be passed on to their children.

Conditions can increase the risk of coronary heart disease, including high blood pressure, raised blood cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. But studies have shown that some inherited physical characteristics can also indicate a higher risk of heart disease.

Strange as it may sound, if you have a particular type of crease in both earlobes you are more at risk of developing coronary heart disease.

The coronary ear crease is a diagonal line pointing up towards your eyebrows. Of course the crease doesn't actually cause heart disease, it just happens that people who inherit this particular physical characteristic also tend to inherit the genes that cause an increased risk of heart disease.

Any men now rushing to the mirror to check out their ear lobes may also want to take a look at their hairline. A certain pattern of male baldness can, like the earlobe crease, indicate an increased risk of heart disease. …