The more science has been progressing, the more experts have been discovering correlations between hair loss and overall health. Most recently, a study conducted by doctors at the University of Tokyo found that men with hair loss are far more likely to develop coronary artery disease and have heart attacks than men who still have full heads of hair. The findings were published this week in the online edition of British Journal Open.

Conducted with nearly 37,000 participants, the study showed that men with significant hair loss are 32% more likely to develop coronary artery disease. And more specifically, the greater hair loss a man is experiencing, the greater the chance he will develop the disease.

Behind the Numbers of Hair Loss and Heart Disease

The study delved into the specific ages and stages of hair loss of its participants. The following statistics were found:

-Men who were completely bald or had experienced significant hair loss under the age of 55 were 44% more likely to have coronary artery disease than men who hadn’t.

-Regardless of age, men with just crown-top baldness were 52% more likely to have coronary artery disease.

-Regardless of age, men with just frontal baldness were 22% more likely to have coronary artery disease.

-Regardless of age, men with both frontal and crown-top baldness were 69% more likely to have coronary artery disease.

Receding Hair Line? Don’t Worry – Doctors Say You’re Safe

If your hair line is simply receding, the study’s researchers say the findings showed no evidence that you are at any greater risk for heart disease. Dr. Ryan Welter of has stressed the importance of a possible link between hair loss and CAD since a possible relationship was first determined.

“The data coming out from this new analysis of previous studies linking hair loss to CAD confirms that the association is real and should be screened for,” noted Dr. Welter. “It’s part of the reason we developed a more objective classification for hair loss in men which can better be used for research purposes.”

Dr. Ryan Welter is chief surgeon of the New England Center for Hair Restoration and can be contacted at His male hair loss classification system can be found at