Scientists presented at the congress of the European Society of Cardiology the results of a study according to which people with deep wrinkles are more likely to die from a heart attack.
This conclusion was facilitated by a 20-year study, which involved 3200 healthy, at the time of the start of scientific work, people aged 32 to 60 years. All participants were assigned points depending on the number and depth of wrinkles on the forehead, that is, from 0 to 3.
Over 20 years of research, 233 participants died, and scientists found wrinkles with a classification of 1 point. Such people have a higher risk of getting heart disease than participants without wrinkles.
Those with wrinkles with scores of 2 and 3 had a 10 times higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than people without wrinkles, even after adjusting for age, gender, education, smoking, blood pressure, heart rate, diabetes, and lipid levels.
Oksana Drapkina, director of the National Research Center for Therapy and Preventive Medicine of the Ministry of Health of Russia, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, believes that this may be due to oxidative stress, which is involved in both skin aging and the development of atherosclerosis. What’s more, the blood vessels in the forehead are so small that they may be more susceptible to plaque formation.
“This means that wrinkles can be an early sign of vascular aging,” the scientist said.
At the same time, the authors of the study noted that wrinkles are far from the most accurate way to assess heart disease. It is much more important to look at the level of blood pressure or the profile of lipids in the blood.
However, such a visual factor as wrinkles can help the doctor pay attention to the patient and begin to study his data deeper, writing “Russian newspaper”.
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