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Heart disease risk linked to height

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Shorter adults are 50% more at risk of having heart disease, suffering a heart attack or dying from the disease, according to new research.

The researchers noted short people as being under 5ft 3in and tall people as being more than 5ft 8in.

The effect was true for both men and women, although a separate analysis of their heights in the study noted short men as below 165.4cm (5ft 5in) and tall men as over 177.5 (5ft 10in).

Short women were below 153cm (5ft) while tall women were over 166.4cm (5ft 6in).

The research, published in the European Heart Journal, involved more than three million people.

Dr Tuula Paajanen, from the University of Tampere in Finland, was lead author on the study.

She said there had been years of conflicting evidence on the link between height and heart disease, with more than 1,900 research papers on the issue.

“We hope that with this meta-analysis, the association is recognised to be true and in future more effort is targeted to finding out the possible pathophysiological, environmental and genetic mechanisms behind the association, with eyes and minds open to different hypotheses,” she said.

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