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But Joep Perk, a professor of health sciences at Linnaeus University in Sweden and a spokesman for the European Society of Cardiology, said it was too early to conclude short people had potentially problematic hearts.
"We should be very cautious to tell short people they're at risk," he said. "This could unfairly stigmatize them."
He said it was premature for cardiologists to consider height as a risk factor. "We need to understand the mechanism behind it before we can do anything with this information," he said. "This is an interesting observation, but I want to know what I can do for my patients."
Tuula Paajanen, the study's lead author from Tampere University Hospital in Finland, said short people shouldn't be alarmed about the findings.
"Height is only one factor (among many) that may contribute to heart disease risk," she said.
Paajanen recommended people focus on other things like not smoking, eating a balanced diet and exercise. "Those are easier to change than your height," she said.
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