Low growth can lead to a heart attack

Studies have shown that short people likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.

For 60 years, scientists have debated whether there was a link between the growth of the person and the risk of diseases of the cardiovascular system.The researchers analyzed 52 published studies on this topic.Total 3 million people participated in them.The results showed that the low men are much more likely to happen heart attacks and develop severe forms of cardiovascular disease.In addition, low people 1.5 times more frequently than high die from these diseases.

What the man considered to be low

course, high and low growth relative concept, so scientists have determined the boundaries of these definitions:

  • considered low male growth 165 cm below the growth of women and 152 cm and below;
  • tall men recognized the growth of 177 cm and above and women Height 167 cm and above.

Based on the study results, the researchers reported that:

  • low growth increases the risk of diseases of the cardiovascular system and
    early death from this disease by 1.5 times;
  • and low men and low women at 52% higher risk of myocardial infarction;
  • at low men 37% and women 55% higher risk of early death from other causes.

reason for this relationship between growth and cardiovascular disease is still not clear.There are many hypotheses, but none of them have not yet been confirmed.

guilty artery

It is believed that the low men relatively narrow artery.Recently using angiography was indeed shown that the diameter of the coronary arteries (arteries supplying the heart) depends on the height and weight.Narrow arteries much more easily clogged by thrombi and atherosclerotic plaques (as a result of poor nutrition, alcohol abuse and smoking) that lead to the development of cardiovascular diseases, in particular myocardial infarction.Thus, you may want to consider the increase as an additional risk factor.

On the other hand, the majority of long-lived low-growth, but lean.

People can not change your height or a genetic predisposition, but they can change their lifestyle and eliminate additional risk factors such as smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse.

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