Balding and heart disease

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Submitted by Dr T on January 2, 2013 – 6:54pm

Question: 
Hello,My son is 3o years old.  His hair started receding at 18 years old, and now he is bald all over on top of his head.My concern is that the research says that this increases, by a lot, his chance for heart disease.  He also has a crease on his ear.  He lives on his own so I have no say in what he does, but I will suggest he get another cholesterol test.  He had one 4 years ago, and his ldl was borderline high then, but the dr. didn’t put him on meds.  Is there anything to do to avoid what appears to be genetic predisposition to heart disease?  (His dad has had bypass in 4 arteries when he was 50.)  Is it inevitable my son will have heart disease?

Hi Lauren,
It is not at all sure that his baldness has anything to do with heart disease, but if he has a borderline cholesterol, his risks for heart disease need to be examined. It is unfortunate, but even young people may be at risk for heart disease, and he should check his cardiac risks.
 Even if his risks are low, he should made every effort to minimize his risks for heart disease.
Hope this helps,
Dr T

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