Health condition known as xanthelasma (Ksanthelasma palpebrarum) as a yellowish growths on the eyelids, is associated with heart disease.
It is proven research whose results are published in the British Medical Journal even in 2011. These yellow formations occur in the upper or lower eyelid near the inner corner of the eye.
The link between heart disease and xanthomas
Men and women can suffer from this condition, especially after 40 years. Yellow growths are due to cholesterol deposits and indicate a higher cholesterol level in almost half of patients who suffer 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-emerge after removal.
Research in Denmark in Copenhagen confirmed the connection between heart disease and xanthelasma. Professor Tibjaerg Hansen who led the team, came to conclusions that will change the view of these seemingly harmless growths, which do not give importance nor the patients nor the doctors.
Risk of heart attack increased by 12% in men who suffer from xanthelasma, and exposed to the greatest risk are men from 70 to 79 age.
In women, persons with 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 a lower risk of heart disease, and researchers of this study explain that in this particular group of patients xanthelasma allows accurate prediction of heart disease.
The research concluded that xanthelasma may indicate a heart attack, severe atherosclerosis, heart disease and death, regardless other factors such as high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.
The presence of cases xanthelasma in each age group indicates an increased likelihood of heart disease, heart attack and death. Both men and women who have these yellow growths 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 disease. It has been proven that men suffer more often from heart disease.
If the yellow spots appear on your eyelids, it is necessary to immediately check the level of cholesterol.