Scientists have found a strong link between a condition called xanthelasma (xanthelasma palpebrarum) and heart disease. Xanthelasma involves a clear yellow-like fat deposit under the skin and around your eyelids. The yellow formations usually appear in the upper/lower eyelid area close to the inside corner of the eye.
This finding was made in a study which has been published by the British Medical Journal.
Xanthelasma & Heart Disease
Xanthelasma is a health condition that can affect people of both genders, especially when they cross 40. The yellow formations are formed because of the accumulation of cholesterol. The study found that it indicated high cholesterol levels in 50% of the subjects who suffered from this condition.
The formations were found to have softness and lack of pain as their characteristics. They also did not interfere with vision.
Most of the time, those with Xanthelasma will see a doctor only because they don’t like the looks of the yellow growths. In fact, people are more concerned about the aesthetics when they think of removing them. They don’t bother to see that it could be a sign of some other health condition – this despite the fact that they re-appear even when removed.
What Science Has to Say?
A study in Denmark has recently found a confirmed link between xanthelasma and heart disease. The team, lead by Professor Tibjaerg Hansen, has recorded findings that will be changing forever the way we have been seeing these harmless yellow formations. They were being ignored by both the patients and doctors.
The researchers found that males having xanthelasma are 12 percent more likely to have heart attack. The risk is even higher in the case of men in the age group 70 to 79.
On the other hand, females have an 8 percent higher chance of heart attack compared to those who don’t have xanthelasma.
Researchers have already proven that females are at lower risk of heart disease. In this study, the scientists described that they found that xanthelasma allowed them to predict heart disease with more accuracy in the group they chose.
The conclusion of the study was that xanthelasma may be a sign of:
– Heart attack
– Heart disease
– Severe atherosclerosis
This sign is independent of any other factor like high levels of cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking and obesity.
In any age group, Xanthelasma is a sign of increased risk of heart attack, heart disease, and death. These yellowish formations on the eyelids are signs that you have a chance of experiencing heart attack, without concern you are a man or woman. In fact, they could be life threatening over a 10-year duration.
Studies have shown that men are more likely to suffer from heart disease.
If you notice these yellow formations on your eyelids, make sure to have your cholesterol levels checked.
Source: Healthy Food Team