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Bald head bad health

by Medindia Content Team on  September 6, 2001 at 3:28 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Bald head bad health
Balding men are at greater risk of developing heart disease than those with a full head of hair, say researchers.Their findings were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, said they found "a strong relationship" between coronary heart disease and hair loss.
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The type of baldness also seemed to have an impact on the likelihood to develop heart disease. Those with frontal baldness had a 9% increased chance of getting heart disease. Compared to men with no hair loss, men whose crowns were completely bald had a 36% greater risk of having a coronary event, including a heart attack and angina. Men with mild crown balding had a 23% greater risk, rising to 32% when balding became moderate.

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Bald men seem to have a greater number of androgen receptors in their scalps , and androgens may contribute to both atheroscelrosis - build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries - and thrombosis, a susceptibility to blood clots.Researchers also say that heart disease and baldness may be inherited together and they recommended that bald men should be monitored more closely for heart problems.

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