17 Sep '11, 11am

The eyes have it - clues to heart disease found

The eyes have it - clues to heart disease found

A Danish professor has found that heart problems can be predicted by the condition of the skin around the eyes. Professor Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen at the University of Copenhagen led the research which found that yellow raised patches of skin around the eyelids (called xanthelasmata) are a good indicator of cardiac problems like heart attacks, stroke, thickening of the arteries and heart disease. Her research is published in the BMJ . The yellow patches seen in xanthelasmata are build ups of cholesterol but the researchers found that another cholesterol deposit - arcus corneae - seen in the form of grey rings around the cornea in the eye, are not a good indicator of future heart problems. While it's been known for some time that both conditions represented cholesterol build ups, suffering either condition will not necessarily be reflected in high levels of cholesterol in the b...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/health/eyes-clues-heart-disease...

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