Wrinkles Can Show Heart Attack Risk

17:45' 12-03-2019
Wrinkles on the forehead may be a sign of buildup of plaque in the blood vessels, leading to increased risk of strokes and heart attacks, according to a new study published by Toulouse University Hospital in France.

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    The 20-year study used 3,200 volunteers, starting at the ages of 32, 42, 52 and 62. Their health was closely checked, and the number and depth of the wrinkles on their forehead were frequently measured.

    Researchers found that a clear wrinkle on the forehead slightly increased the risk of dying from heart disease. Three deep wrinkles meant the risk was nearly 10 times higher than those with smooth forehead skin, or shallow wrinkles.

    According to Yolande Esquirol, lead author of the study, the higher the “wrinkle score” is, based on the number and depth of wrinkles, the greater is the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

    Preliminary data suggests that wrinkles are associated with a decrease in the elasticity of the arteries and plaque buildup in them, which have long been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

    The blood vessels in the forehead are usually very small compared to others in the body, so they are more sensitive to the drop and the buildup, resulting in wrinkles.

    Although forehead wrinkles alone are not criteria for cardiovascular disease assessment, the research provides a reason to check your blood pressure, lipid metabolism and other cardiovascular problems when premature wrinkles appear.

    Phung Nguyen

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