If you look old, your heart may feel old, study finds

   Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, MD, of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and colleagues, have found that if you look old, your heart may feel old. In their study of 10,885 participants 40 years and older (45% women) in the Copenhagen Heart Study, those who had three to four aging signs -- receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the head’s crown, earlobe crease, or yellow fatty deposits around the eyelid (xanthelasmata) -- had a 57% increased risk for heart attack and a 39% increased risk for heart disease.

    “The visible signs of aging reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age,” said Dr. Tybjaerg-Hansen.