ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - February is Heart Awareness Month, and each week our Today in St. Louis team will answer the call.
This week we're talking about the signs of aging, and what those signs reveal about heart disease.
A new study shows four factors related to aging may be indicators of poor heart health: receding hairlines, baldness, creases near your ear lobes and cholesterol deposits on your eyelids.
The study says the more you have of each sign, the more likely you are to have heart disease.
NewsChannel 5 spoke to a local cardiologist who says the results of the study shouldn't be gospel.
"One of the problems with these kinds of studies is something that appears to be a risk factor for heart disease may just be a marker for something else. Take for example the cholesterol deposits beneath the eyes, those may simply be identifying patients with very high cholesterol," said Dr. Mark Friedman with the SSM Heart Institute.
Dr. Friedman said of all the indicators, the cholesterol deposits concern him most. He said those people should have their cholesterol checked.