Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women universally, and in the individual it 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. A few studies supported this finding and a few questioned it but 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.