Article Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

Forehead wrinkles – an early sign of cardiovascular disease?


Aug. 28, 2018 Medical News Today

In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up inside the arteries, making them less elastic and narrowing them down over time.

This limits the supply of oxygen-rich blood to the body’s major organs, which, in turn, may lead to a range of diseases — depending on which organ is affected.

When plaque accumulates inside the coronary arteries, coronary heart disease and even heart attacks may ensue.

Some of the main risk factors for atherosclerosis include smoking, high cholesterol levels, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, age, and a family history of heart disease.

New research adds another risk factor to the list — and one that may be more easy to detect than high blood pressure or insulin resistance. Deep forehead wrinkles, say the authors of the new study, may signal atherosclerosis.

The new research was presented at the 2018 annual conference of the European Society of Cardiology, held in Munich, Germany.

Study author Yolande Esquirol, who is an associate professor of occupational health at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse in France, shares what motivated the research. “You can’t see or feel risk factors like high cholesterol or hypertension,” she says.

“We explored forehead wrinkles as a marker because it’s so simple and visual. Just looking at a person’s face could sound an alarm, then we could give advice to lower risk.”

This is not the first time that facial features are explored as a potential marker of cardiovascular health. For example, male pattern baldness and prematurely gray hair have been found to raise heart disease risk by fivefold in previous studies.

Cardiovascular death risk 10 times higher

Esquirol and colleagues examined forehead wrinkles in 3,200 healthy adults, aged 32–62 at baseline. The researchers assessed the participants’ wrinkles by applying a score ranging from 0 (“no wrinkles”) to 3 (“numerous deep wrinkles”).

Read More on Medical News Today

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

Apply Today

All Resources

Tell Me More

The Top Fitness Trends of 2019

Fitness Trackers, Workout Classes, and HIIT.

Read More

How to eat healthfully: Double your portion size

Less on your plate may not equal more in healthful results after all.

Read More

Open Enrollment is Underway.

Today is the day! A service offered through the NFLPA for former players.

Read More

Intermittent fasting: Surprising update

Intermittent Fasting is all the rage. But does it live up to the hype?

Read More

One Week Until Giving Tuesday

With only a week to go, we hope you will join the PAF and support us on Giving Tuesday.

Read More

Alzheimer's: Artificial intelligence predicts onset

Around 5.7 million people live with Alzheimer’s disease in the US and it is likely to rise to almost 14 million by 2050.

Read More

Giving Tuesday: Two Weeks Away

Help us as we work to support former NFL players and their families in their time of need.

Read More

9 Questions To Ask Financial Advisors Before Hiring One

Start by asking how they’re paid.

Read More