Are Earlobe Creases a Sign of Heart Disease?

September 16, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Why a connection between ELC and heart disease? Nobody knows.

We continue with our checklist of heart disease signs:

Retinopathy.

Ring finger length. – A short ring finger in males = lower level of testosterone = higher risk of heart attack early in life.

Male pattern baldness – men with frontal baldness were about 9 percent more likely to have heart disease. Those with baldness at the crown (top) of their heads were 23 to 36 percent more likely.

Bad breath – Some studies claim people with lots of antibodies due to bum gums have a 50 to 100 percent greater chance of heart disease.

Acne – men who had acne as teenagers had a 30 percent lower chance.

Green snot – there’s a connection between heart disease and green snot.

Earwax – Dry earwaxers had a greater risk of arteriosclerosis than wet earwaxers. (Unconfirmed, but if you’re going to worry about snot and bad breath, you might as well worry about earwax, too. )

clipped from www.straightdope.com
earlobe creases shouldn’t be dismissed lightly, as they fall into the surprisingly large category of weird signs possibly indicative of heart disease.
Earlobe crease (ELC), i.e., a line running diagonally from the bottom of the ear opening to the ear’s lower tip.
ELC’s status as portent of doom has been abundantly confirmed:

  • A Swedish study of 520 autopsies found ELC had a “positive predictive value” for coronary artery disease of 68 percent — 80 percent in those under 40.
  • A Turkish study found ELC was a higher risk factor for heart disease than diabetes, family history of cardiovascular trouble, or smoking.
  • Of 340 patients admitted to the Montreal Heart Institute, 91 percent of those with ELC had heart disease versus only 61 percent of those without.
  • An Irish study of 247 patients found ELC had a predictive value of 71 percent for heart disease
    Translated: if you don’t have ELC, that doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have heart disease, but if you do have ELC, it’s a pretty good bet you do.

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