Finger length related to early heart attack! | High ‘digit ratio’ (>1.00)

October 5, 2008

Finger length in young boys related to early heart attack.

The finger length in men related to early heart attack.

Finger length & early heart attack:

The length of a young boy’s finger may provide a clue as to whether he will be at risk of a heart attack in early adulthood. This is because these boys tend to have lower levels of the male sex hormone testosterone, which is known to protect against heart attack.

Scientists at Liverpool University have established a link between the length of baby boys’ fingers and their chances of going on to have a heart attack at an unusually young age. They believe the link could provide doctors with a simple way to to spot potential heart disease victims at a very early age. The research shows that boys with shorter ring fingers tend to be at greatest risk.

Lead researcher Dr John Manning told the BBC:

“Males tend to have a relatively longer ring finger compared to the index finger than females.”

“There is a relationship between the ratio between these two finger lengths and the age at heart attack of people who do have heart attacks.”

Dr Manning and Dr Peter Bundred examined 151 male heart attack victims in Merseyside. They found the age range for heart attacks in men where the index finger was relatively long was 35 to 80 years of age, but in those with relatively long ring fingers it was 58 to 80.

The research was published in the British Journal of Cardiology.

An overview of the scientific sources which have found a link between finger length (high ‘digit ratio’: >1.0) and heart problems:

* Endurance running and digit ratio (2D:4D): implications for fetal testosterone effects on running speed and vascular health. – 2007

* The 2nd-4th digit ratio (2D:4D) and neck circumference: implications for risk factors in coronary heart disease. – 2006

* The ratio of 2nd to 4th digit length: a new predictor of disease predisposition? – 2000

Digit ratio related to early heart attack.


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