Height could form part of a CHD test

Height could be added to heart disease risk assessments after an investigation showed that short people are more likely to develop CHD.

Previous studies of the effect of height on heart disease risk have generated conflicting results.

A team from Finland conducted what it believes is the first systematic review and meta-analysis of all the evidence currently available on the topic.

The researchers examined data from 52 studies involving more than three million patients.

They compared the shortest group of patients to the tallest group, rather than using fixed height limits.

Compared with the people in the tallest group, those in the shortest group were 1.5 times more likely to die from CHD or cardiovascular disease.

They were also more likely than the tallest people to suffer a heart attack or to live with symptoms of CHD or cardio-vascular disease.

The researchers said that height could be considered as an independent factor for calculating heart disease risk.

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