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Clues to heart disease

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We've all heard that heart disease is the number one killer in this country, the most common risk factors being, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking and obesity. But there are subtle physical changes that can also be clues that you're at risk of heart trouble.

If you are walking less because of muscle aches or a sore on your foot that just won't go away, those are signs that you may have poor circulation. 8 million Americans suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD. PAD narrows the arteries in the legs, limiting the blood flow to the muscles, which causes the pain.

Cardiologist Dr. Steven Almany says your legs can also show signs of heart trouble.

"Even though some people genetically don't have a lot of hair on their legs most people should have hair on their legs. If you don't (have hair) below you're knee, that's a concern that you might have vascular disease below your knee."

Hair loss on the head has also been identified as a clue to heart disease. A recent report in the British journal Open found after studying more than 37,000 men, the bigger the bald spot, the bigger the risk.

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