Genes May Leave Short People Prone to Heart Disease

April 8, 2015 9:00 PM

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WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Short people may be more likely to have heart disease, and that increased risk could be linked to the genetics that also determine height, a British-led research team suggests.

A person's risk of heart disease increases about 13.5 percent for every 2.5 inches of difference in height, the scientists said. That means a 5-foot-tall person has an average 32 percent higher risk of heart disease than a person who's 5-foot 6-inches tall, according to the researchers.

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