Heart disease more likely in short people

The study is the first to show that the higher risk is primarily due to a variety of genes that influence height, and not potentially confounding factors like poverty or poor nutrition.

Researchers at the University of Leicester examined 180 different genetic variants in a database of nearly 200,000 people with and without coronary heart disease, the most common cause of premature death worldwide.

They found that every 6.3cm in a person’s height affected their risk of coronary heart disease by 13.5%.

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