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These are cholesterol deposits called xanthelasmata, and they could save your life.
As people age, flat yellowish plaques called xanthelasmata often appear on the eyelids near the nose and are usually removed for cosmetic reasons.
Half of patients with such deposits, a condition called xanthelasmata, actually have normal cholesterol levels.
After adjusting for established cardiovascular risk factors, subjects with xanthelasmata had a significantly higher risk of heart attack, heart disease, atherosclerosis and death than plaque-free subjects.
Caveat: The diagnosis of xanthelasmata and arcus corneae was based on a visual inspection, and milder cases may have been missed, researchers said.
The risk for women age 70 to 79 with and without xanthelasmata was 35% and 27% respectively.
The risk of ischaemic heart disease was highest in men age 70 to 79 with xanthelasmata: 53% compared with 41% for plaque-free subjects.
In societies where other cardiovascular disease risk factors can't be readily measured, presence of xanthelasmata may be a useful predictor of underlying atherosclerotic disease
Specifically, xanthelasmata was linked to a 51 percent bump in the risk for a heart attack and a 40 percent rise in the risk for ischemic heart disease.
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