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Short people more at risk of heart disease

Published on 09/06/2010
Heart disease is more common among short people than those who are taller, new research suggests.

Analysis of heart disease rates of over three million people found that short men and women are approximately one and a half times more likely to suffer from the problem and subsequently die than tall people.

Scientists in Finland looked at the results of 52 previous studies to come to their conclusions, presented in the European Heart Journal.

On average, men considered short were those below 165.4 cm while tall men were over 177.5 cm. Short women were below 153 cm and tall women over 166.4 cm.

Dr Tuula Paajanen, from the University of Tampere in Finland and lead author of the study, said she hoped the research would put to bed years of conflicting evidence on the relationship between height and heart disease.

"We hope that with this meta-analysis, the association is recognised to be true and in future more effort is targeted to finding out the possible pathophysiological, environmental and genetic mechanisms behind the association, with eyes and minds open to different hypotheses," she commented.

Other risk factors associated with heart disease include smoking, cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
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