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People over 6ft 2in at higher risk of heart attacks

Being tall may have its shortcomings.

For researchers have found that greater height comes with increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

A study of 2.7million people concluded taller men and women are far more likely to develop blood clots in their veins - a leading cause of heart problems.

The study, which also compared siblings to rule out genetic factors, found a direct correlation between height and risk of venous thromboembolism.

The taller someone is, the greater their risk.

The Swedish researchers examined two huge datasets - one for women and one for men - who were tracked for between 30 and 43 years.

Experts have found that greater height comes with increased risk of heart attacks and strokes

Experts have found that greater height comes with increased risk of heart attacks and strokes

Among 1.6million men, those who were shorter than 5'3' were 65 per cent less likely to develop a venous blood clot than those who were taller than 6'2'.

Similar findings emerged for women, according to the paper published in the medical journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics Report.

The researchers examined health record of 1.1million women tracked from the time of their first pregnancy - a point at which women are particularly at risk of clots.

They found women who were shorter than 5'1' were 69 per cent less likely to develop a clot than those who measured 6 feet or taller.

Lead researcher Dr Bengt Zöller, associate professor at Lund University in Sweden, suspects the cause may be simple.

'It could just be that because taller individuals have longer leg veins there is more surface area where problems can occur,' he said.

'There is also more gravitational pressure in leg veins of taller persons that can increase the risk of blood flow slowing or temporarily stopping.'

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