Looking older can predict heart disease

People with several visible signs of ageing such as hair loss and fatty deposits (xanthelasma) around the eyes have a higher risk of developing heart problems than those of the same age who look younger, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association scientific sessions in Los Angeles yesterday.

"The visible signs of ageing reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age," Professor Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, the study's senior author, said in a statement.

Professor Tybjaerg-Hansen,