In Thursday's Healthier Me, doctors a new physical link could give hope to preventing a hidden but dangerous problem.
After analyzing results from previous studies on male baldness and heart disease in almost 37,000 men, the British Medical Journal believes the two may be linked - meaning a physical sign such as baldness might be an indicator of what's going on inside our heart.
According to the study's findings, the men at the highest risk for heart disease were those exhibiting "vertex baldness," which begins at the crown of the head and slowly spreads.
While the reason for the link is unclear, making a point of screening patients with male pattern baldness could eventually increase the ability of doctors to detect problems before a cardiac episode.
Dr. Lori Mosca, director of preventive cardiology at N.Y. Presbyterian Hospital: "This research does not prove cause and effect... but what it does show us is that there may be a common underlying mechanism - such as inflammation, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol - [which may] lead to both heart disease and baldness."
Researchers say the new findings apply to male patter baldness only and found no link between heart disease and receding hairlines.