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Higher Risk of Heart Attack in Balding Men, Study Says
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4 Apr 2013 09:11 AM EST

-by Vania Andre, Staff Writer; Image: A bald man (Image Source: Smobserver / David Lewis / Wikimedia Commons)

Balding in men may increase their risk of having a heart attack, according to a new study published in the online journal BMJ Open.

Men who lose their hair in the front and crowns of their heads have a 69 percent higher risk of a “non-fatal” heart attack, according to Japanese researchers.

Men who are losing hair at the top of their heads are 52 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack, while men with receding hairlines have a 22 percent higher risk.

“The findings suggest that men who are losing their hair should head over to the doctor’s office and get  a check-up,” Dr. Tomohide Yamada, a researcher in the department of diabetes and metabolic diseases in the graduate school of medicine at the University of Tokyo, said. “We recommend adapting a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes a low fat diet, exercise and less stress [since] classical coronary risk factors such as age, hypertension, dislipidaemia and smoking might influence both conditions.”

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