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Short people face more heart risk.

ISLAMABAD, June 09, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Short people are at higher risk of heart disease than those who are taller, research suggests. A review of 52 studies found shorter adults were around 50% more likely to have heart disease, have a heart attack or die from the disease than tall people. On average, short people were below 160.5cm (5ft 3in) and tall people were over 173.9cm (5ft 8in). A news channel reported Wednesday that the effect was true for both men and women, although a separate analysis of their heights in the study noted short men as below 165.4cm (5ft 5in) and tall men as over 177.5 (5ft 10in). Short women were below 153cm (5ft) while tall women were over 166.4cm (5ft 6in). The research, published in the European Heart Journal, involved more than three million people. Dr Tuula Paajanen, from the University of Tampere in Finland, was lead author on the study. She said there had been years of conflicting evidence on the link between height and heart disease, with more than 1,900 research papers on the issue. Dr Paajanen said, The results of this systematic review and meta-analysis suggest that height may be considered as a possible independent factor to be used in calculating peoples risk of heart disease. Height is used to calculate body mass index, which is widely used to quantify risk of coronary heart disease. She said it was unclear why being short is linked with an increased risk of heart disease, but researchers suggest shorter people have smaller coronary arteries, which could possibly be more affected by changes or problems with blood flow.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 9, 2010
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