Coronary heart disease is a common cause of premature death worldwide. It is the condition where the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle become narrowed due to a deposition of fatty material along the walls of the arteries. If a blood clot forms over the deposited plaque then the artery can become completely blocked suddenly giving rise to a heart attack.
Researchers have now revealed that people with short height face an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. The study found that every 2.5 inches change in your height affected your risk of coronary heart disease by 13.5%.
University of Leicester Professor, Nilesh Samani, said, "We have shown that the association between shorter height and higher risk of coronary heart disease was a primary relationship and wasn't due to confounding factors such as nutrition or poor socioeconomic conditions. While the findings do not have any immediate clinical implications, better and fuller understanding of the biological mechanisms that underlie the relationship between shorter height and higher risk of coronary heart disease may open up new ways for its prevention and treatment."
The study appears online in the New England Journal of Medicine.