Apr 10, 2015

    Shorter people 'more prone' to heart disease


    SHORT people face a greater lifetime risk of clogged arteries, according to a study out on Wednesday that confirmed the long-known link between height and heart disease.

    The study is the first to show that the higher risk is primarily due to a variety of genes that influence whether a person is tall or short, and not potentially confounding factors like poverty or poor nutrition. The research was published in the New England Journal Of Medicine.

    Researchers examined 180 different genetics variants in a database of nearly 200,000 people with and without coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack.

    They found that every 6.3cm in a person's height affected their risk of coronary heart disease by 13.5 per cent. For example, a 1.5m-tall person would have on average a 32 per cent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than a person 1.68m tall.