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Toenails Point to Heart Disease

By on September 7, 2012 in Diseases, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

The amount of nicotine found in the toenails can be used to predict the risk of heart disease in women, says a study. After analyzing toenails of more than 62,500 women, it was found that there was twice the nicotine level in those with heart conditions than those without any disease.

According to the charge of the study, this test may be more valid to ask patients about their habits. And that’s something that becomes important when considering that smokers have a higher risk of getting heart disease.

Currently, there are tests to measure the presence of nicotine in the body, mainly by measuring the amount of nicotine in saliva or urine, but these tests only measure recent exposure to cigarette smoke.

The leader of the study, Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, revealed that because nails grow very slowly, about 1cm per year, it can provide a long-term estimate of a person’s total exposure to snuff smoke.

In addition, the study also may consider exposure as passive smoking and smoking habits of measuring when each person inhales smoke.

Considering the results of the study, one-fifth of women with more amount of nicotine ended up being thinner, less active, drank more, and were more likely to have high blood pressure or diabetes.

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