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Male pattern baldness affects around 40 percent of adult men. By the time they reach 80, over 80% of men will be bald.

Researchers have begun to investigate whether or not there is a connection between male baldness and coronary heart disease, or CHD. CHD is the result of coronary artery disease, or CAD, where plaque builds up in the arteries inside of the heart, which slows the flow of blood.

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The researchers identified four different types of balding: severe vertex balding, moderate vertex balding, mild vertex balding, and frontal balding. Vertex balding refers to the top, or crown, of the head, and severe vertex balding is the type most associated with an increased risk of CHD.

Baldness & Heart Disease: What Every Man Needs To Know was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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