Navigation Links
Cholesterol Deposits Around Eyes Linked to Heart Risk

THURSDAY, Sept. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Men and women who develop visible deposits of cholesterol in the skin around their eyelids appear to face a higher risk of heart disease in general and suffering a heart attack in particular, new Danish research suggests.

The link between the skin condition and heart disease, however, is characterized as an association, rather than a clear case of "cause and effect."

Nonetheless, the study team led by Dr. Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, from the department of clinical biochemistry at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, said that the finding could perhaps help physicians screen for heart disease.

And the research, published in the Sept. 15 online edition of the BMJ, "could be of particular value in societies where access to laboratory facilities and thus lipid profile measurement is difficult," the authors said in a journal news release.

Individuals who have the raised yellow patches around the eyes that indicate the collection of cholesterol in the skin -- known as "xanthelasmata" -- are not always easily identified in blood tests as having high cholesterol, the study authors noted.

That said, xanthelasmata and another condition called "arcus corneae" (distinguished by white or grey rings surrounding the cornea) have previously been determined to signal deposits of cholesterol.

To see how such deposits might affect heart disease risk, between 1976 and 2009 the research team surveyed and tracked nearly 13,000 Danish patients aged 20 to 93 who were participating in the Copenhagen City Heart Study.

Although none had heart disease at the time of the study launch, when the investigation began a little more than 4 percent had xanthelasmata, while nearly a quarter had arcus corneae.

Ultimately, more than 1,870 of the participants had a heart attack, and nearly 3,800 developed heart disease. Roughly 1,500 had a stroke and 1,815 developed cerebrovascular disease. All told, just over 8,500 died by the study's conclusion.

By that point, the study team found that having xanthelasmata was independently associated with bearing a higher risk for experiencing a heart attack and developing heart disease. It was also linked to a greater likelihood of dying within a 10-year period.

The finding held regardless of gender, smoking history, obesity and blood pressure/cholesterol levels, with men between the ages of 70 and 79 facing the highest risk.

Arcus corneae, however, was not linked to heart disease or heart attack risk, the researchers reported.

More information

For more on heart disease risk factors, visit the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCE: BMJ, news release, Sept. 15, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. A common cholesterol drug fights cataracts, too
2. Teamwork Unlikely to Improve Cholesterol Levels
3. New Study Finds Cholesterol-Related Gene Associated with Mild Cognitive Impairment, a Precursor of Alzheimer's Disease
4. Thyroid Hormone Analogue for Treating High Cholesterol
5. Thyroid hormone analogue for treating high cholesterol
6. Intense Cholesterol, Blood Pressure Therapies Dont Help Type 2 Diabetics
7. Hope for Inherited, Dangerously High Cholesterol
8. Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
9. Should Cholesterol Drugs Be Used By Those Without High Cholesterol?
10. Cholesterol Drugs May Slow MS
11. Watch Your Cholesterol, Your Blood Pressure ... and This Enzyme?
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Cholesterol Deposits Around Eyes Linked to Heart Risk
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th ... Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which ... current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: ... souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is ... Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... advisory services for healthcare compliance program management, will showcase a range of technology ... Association for Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held October 14–18, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Orleans, LA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... centers in the U.S., announced today its plans to open a flagship location in ... will occupy the former Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... , Sept. 27, 2017  Commended for their devotion to ... awards. Ranked as number one in the South Florida Business ... in Inc. 5000 yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy has ... Armando Bardisa will soon be honored by SFBJ as ... Set to receive his award in October, ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., ... vaccine design, and immune-engineering today announced the launch ... the development of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax ... provided exclusive access to enabling technologies to the ... MBA will lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... SAN DIEGO , Sept. 22, 2017 ... ll medical device is now successfully helping those with ... Union. Fibromyalgia diagnosed Amanda in ... getting dressed and washing my hair, experiencing no sleep ... body in painful spasm… I cannot recommend [the AVACEN ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: