Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women. Heart disease can progress silently for decades until a heart attack, stroke, or sudden death brings problems to the surface. There are ways to use CT technology and advanced laboratories to “know your artery score” years before a tragic event interrupts your life or those of your loved ones. While I encourage you to learn and arrange a heart calcium CT scan or carotid IMT ultrasound (especially if you meet the criteria), what if there were a reliable way to have a clue to hardened heart arteries just by looking in the mirror?
A 1973 report in a prestigious medical journal indicated that a diagonal earlobe crease (DELC), particularly if found on both ears, was reasonably accurate for correlating with heart disease. Frank’s sign, as it is known, has been studied more recently and the findings are noteworthy enough to warrant a good look at your ears as well as the lobes of your loved ones.