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Gray Hair Sign Of Heart Disease In Men; Risks Increases With Age

Update Date: Apr 22, 2017 07:18 AM EDT
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New reports suggested that the existence of gray hair in a man is actually a sign of heart disease. These hairs can actually be a warning of heart problems.

According to a recent report from USA Today, new studies claimed that gray hairs on a man's head is actually a sign of heart disease. New studies presented at a cardiology conference held in Europe points out that these can be related to several risk factors.

Gray Hair And Heart Disease

Although, doctors are yet to find out the cause and effects of gray hair related to heart conditions, the researchers still concluded that it is a predictor of heart problems. “Atherosclerosis and hair graying occur through similar biological pathways and the incidence of both increases with age,” said cardiologist, Irini Samuel. “Our findings suggest that, irrespective of chronological age, hair graying indicates biological age and could be a warning sign of increased cardiovascular risk.”

Why It Varies With Atherosclerosis

The publication also indicated that the narrowing and hardening of an artery, called atherosclerosis and gray hair rely on the same mechanism. The mechanism reportedly include DNA repair, hormonal changes, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

“Your body may be subject to other aging, including coronary arteries, if you are prematurely gray,” Allan Stewart, who is the director of aortic surgery said. "A presence of premature gray hair does not mean you are going to have a heart attack tomorrow.”

Bel Marra Health also reported that some people would see the change of hair color as a sign of old age and wisdom. However, people should now be alert if they see signs of this heart condition. The amount of gray hair in men is correlated with an increased risk rate of heart disease.

As of now, researchers are still studying if gray hair is also a predictor of coronary artery disease in the future. Stay tuned for more details.

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