The eyes are the windows to the soul. Well, if you believe in that, then you’ll agree that the ears are the windows of our hearts.
Our earlobe and ear canal typically have hair, but did you know that this can also be linked to heart disease?
The roots of the study go back to 1973, when the New England Journal of Medicine published the study of Dr. Sanders T. Frank and his team where they identify a diagonal earlobe crease, then nicknamed “Frank’s Sign,” as an indicator of coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD occurs as a result of plague buildup inside the arteries, which restricts normal blood flow.
Intrigued by this clairvoyant ear-heart connection, physicians partnered with dermatologists to find answers. In 1984, a group of New York physicians published a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine claiming a strong association between ear canal hair and coronary artery disease. In a study of 43 men and 20 women, 90 percent of participants who had both a diagonal earlobe crease (DELC) and ear canal hair experienced cardiac failure.
And in 2006, this theory was proven when 520 autopsies were conducted and it showed that their earlobe creases strongly correlate with coronary artery disease in both men and women.
Five years later, in 1989, an article appeared in the Indian Heart Journal in which the researchers published their conclusions from a study involving 215 Indian patients and correlations between earlobe creases, ear hair and coronary artery disease. “A significant difference was also observed between men with and without CAD in the presence of ear-canal hair with age matched group,” wrote the authors in the report abstract. Ear hair prevalence advanced with age.
Others like Dr. Sarah Samaan clarify that: “Heart disease doesn’t cause earlobe creases, nor do the creases cause heart disease, but they seem to be a marker for an unhealthy lifestyle.”
Yet no one is sure why ear hairs and heart attacks make good bedfellows, some blame the testosterone supplements. At the end no one blames the ear hairs.
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