The health condition known as Xanthelasma palpebrarum, as a yellowish growths on the eyelids, is associated with heart disease.
It is proven by a research whose results were published in the British Medical journal. These yellowish formations occur in the upper or lower eyelid near the inner corner of the eye.
The link between the heart attack and xanthelasma
Both men and women can suffer from this condition, especially after 40th year. The yellow growths are due to deposits of cholesterol and indicate a higher level of cholesterol in about half of the patients suffering from this condition.
These growths are soft and painless and do not affect vision and that is why their appearance is not treated as a real problem. Aesthetics is the main reason why people decide to remove them, without thinking about them as a significant sign of warning, and despite being re-emerged after the removal.
A research in Denmark in Copenhagen confirmed the connection between heart disease and xanthelasma. The professor Hansen, who led the team, came to a conclusion that will change the view of the seemingly harmless growths, which do not attach importance to any patients, even doctors.
The risk of heart attack is increased by 12% in men who suffer from xanthelasma and at greatest risk are the men of 70-90 years of age.
Women, on the other hand, who have xanthelasma, have a risk of heart attack increased by 8%, as opposed to those who do not have growths.
It has been shown that women have lower risk of heart disease, and researchers of this study explain that in this particular group of patients with xanthelasma allows accurate prediction of heart disease.
The research concluded that xanthelasma may indicate a heart attack, severe atherosclerosis, heart disease and death, despite the other factors such as high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.
The presence of the xanthelasma cases in each age group shown increased likelihool of heart disease, heart attack and death. Both men and women that have these yellow bums on their eyelids are likely to experience a heart attack, and maybe they will even be life threatened for a period of 10 years.
Men are more prone to heart diseases. It has been shown that men more often suffer from heart disease.
If yellow spots appear on your eyelids, it is necessary to immediately check cholesterol levels.