A study to be published in next month’s American Journal of Cardiologyhas confirmed that earlobe creases are associated with coronary artery disease. This research upholds the findings of several other studies, including a 2006 Swedish study, which showed that earlobe creases as a marker for heart disease had a positive predictive value of 80% in people under 40 years old.
The marker is a diagonal crease running from the opening of the ear to the outside tip of the earlobe and is not associated with sleeping position or the wearing of earrings. Having the marker is a higher risk factor than having a family history of heart problems, diabetes or even smoking.
It is not fully understood what causes the crease but it’s probable that it indicates premature aging. The soft tissue of the earlobe contains tiny blood vessels called arterioles and degeneration of the tissue surrounding the arterioles…
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