Earlobes and Heart Disease – Early Signs of Heart Disease

By: Women's Care Staff

Are your earlobes trying to tell you something about your heart health? How about your bad breath? It may seem unusual, unbelievable even, but your body can be an accurate forecaster when it comes to early signs of heart disease. Furthermore, this includes the unexpected link between earlobes and heart disease.

What you to know about heart disease

Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, claims more lives than any other cancer, disease, or accident. Moreover, it leads to the cause of all deaths worldwide. One woman dies every minute from heart disease. While you should know the signs of a heart attack, the CDC states that 64% of women who die of heart disease have no previous symptoms.

Women must recognize signs and symptoms related to their heart health. Although some of the body’s predictors may sound unusual, it can be difficult to identify the presence of heart disease. Tragically, this can lead to death.

The strange link between certain body parts and heart disease

Understand that the body consists of different systems. These systems rely on each other to work properly. For example, the circulatory system, which includes our heart, provides a healthy, functioning reproductive system. So while some health correlations may seem surprising such as earlobes and heart disease, it’s just a reminder of how our body is connected.

Possible early signs of heart disease

If you experience any of the conditions below or have some of the more common risk factors, talk to your doctor. You can also schedule an appointment with a physician at Women’s Care.

Earlobe crease

The next time you look in the mirror, check for a diagonal earlobe crease (DELC). According to researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, this earlobe crease, also known as Frank’s sign, is associated with early signs of heart disease. Many times a fat earlobe’s meaning is not heart-related. However, researchers did discover a correlation. Fortunately, we can see these wrinkles easily. It also may offer physicians a means of detecting heart disease earlier.

Chronic bad breath

Anyone’s breath will smell a bit fowl after a hearty dose of garlic, but chronic bad breath is the result of gum disease — and inflammation is an unhealthy symptom. Periodontitis is a gum disease that allows bacteria to get into the bloodstream, damaging blood vessels and possibly putting your heart at risk.

Yellow skin bumps or xanthoma

Xanthoma is a condition in which fatty deposits develop under the skin to form yellow bumps. The growths vary in size and usually form on the elbows, joints, hands, or feet. According to the National Institutes of Health, xanthoma may be indicative of high blood cholesterol levels which increase your chance of heart disease or stroke.

Excessive yawning

We all know that yawns are contagious and a sign of fatigue, but what if you seem to be yawning all the time — even during exercise? Excessive yawning may be a symptom of a vasovagal reaction, indicating an underlying condition such as a sleep disorder or heart issue.

A short ring finger

And here’s one for the men in your life; have him take a look at his ring finger — if it is shorter or the same length as his pointer finger, he may want to take notice of this study from the University of Liverpool. The research suggests that males with a short or same length ring finger are at greater risk of having a heart attack earlier in life. Fortunately, a strong correlation has not yet been made for women.

It’s crucial to understand the risks of this “silent killer.” Be sure to take our heart disease risk assessment to better recognize your personal risks. Plus, schedule an annual well-woman exam with your Women’s Care physician because good health is good for the heart. 

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