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Eyelids 'telling' of cardiovascular risk

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Raised yellow patches of skin (xanthelasmata) around the upper or lower eyelids are markers of an individual’s increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to researchers.

They surveyed 12,745 people aged between 20 and 93, and followed them for 30 years.

In all age groups, for both women and men, absolute 10 year risk of CVD increased in the presence of xanthelasmata.

The link was strongest in men aged 70 to 79.

White or grey rings around the cornea (arcus corneae) were not linked to increased CVD risk.

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