Male pattern baldness linked to heart disease

In a meta-analysis covering six observational studies with nearly 37,000 men, increasing severity of vertex baldness was linked to increasing risk of developing heart disease, from 32% increased relative risk to an 80% increased relative risk depending on the age of the men and the study.

Frontal baldness, such as a receding hairline, was not associated with increased risk of heart disease, the authors noted.

“These findings support the hypothesis that vertex baldness is a local manifestation of factors promoting systemic atherosclerosis, such as metabolic