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Male Pattern Baldness and Heart Disease—Are You At Risk?

Going bald is a reality many men face at different stages of life. According to the latest batch of news reports published on NBC News, USA Today and Bloomberg, male pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss in men, could be linked to an increased risk of heart disease—a study that has gained serious recognition over the past few weeks.


What is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness is a form of hair loss in men that follows a pattern generally at the crown of the head caused by ones genetic predisposition and hormones. Why this topic has received so much coverage over the last two weeks is unclear though one thing is certain, men who have observed a receding hairline and thinning at the crown should request a consultation with a local cardiologist to review their current health standings.

In the News:

According to a CBS News report reviewing the findings of six studies published between 1950 and 2012, male pattern baldness has been found to have a strong association with an increased risk for coronary heart disease.

For over a decade, the balding male subjects who participated in the study were monitored to help researchers form what has recently been a popular topic in the world of heart health.

Reporter Michelle Catillo of CBS News stated, “The cohort studies revealed that men who lost most of their hair were 32 percent more likely to develop coronary artery disease than those who did not have hair loss. When looking at balding subjects below the age of 60, 44 percent were more likely to develop coronary artery disease.”

Causes of Male Pattern Baldness:

Aside from male sex hormones and one’s genetic makeup, other contributors to balding include age, illness and stressors associated with mental health.

When it comes to hair loss, it is important to separate truth from common misconceptions. Here are a few hair-loss myths that should be ruled out:

  • Balding won’t happen to you—you’re under 60.
  • The use of hair styling products causes balding.
  • Washing your hair too much causes balding.
  • Wearing a baseball cap or helmet too often causes balding at the crown.

If you have recently started a new medication, experience red, dry, itchy skin at the scalp or notice hair loss in an unusual pattern, it is best to contact a doctor to explain your symptoms.

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