What is the current thinking on earlobe creases? Do Cardiologists use this marker during an exam? I am 39, female, and I have a long crease in my left ear and half crease in my right. I do have controlled cholesterol and blood pressure. I read some scary things on the internet about this topic, causing me to wonder if I already have or will develop CAD. I am terrified and depressed over this. I have never had a doctor ask me to see my earlobe, making me think that this must not be a very valuable tool. What do doctors think? The studies out there seem to be conflicting.
This questions gets asked about once per year. I can honestly tell you that I have never examined an earlobe crease or read an article in a medical journal about its prognostic significance. The major risk factors are: family history, hypertension, increased LDL cholesterol/decreased HDL cholesterol, smoking, diabetes. There are many minor risk factors as well, but earlobe creases is not on the list.
Hope this helps. Thanks for posting.
I have a long crease on my left lobe but not one at all on my right! I've wondered that more exposure to sun on the left side ( from driving) might have caused it but I've sure heard about the heart disease connection. I had the cardiac calcium CT scan 2 years ago and I scored a zero so I hope and pray I am heart disease free but the crease does worry me. Thanks for asking the question!
I personally think it's hooey. I've developed a bit of a crease on my left lobe. But I'm older, skin is not as elastic as it used to be and I sleep on my left side most of the night. Maybe a connection there? Except for my lifelong arrhythmias, my heart is just fine.
When the earlobe crease thing came to light about 20-25 years ago I was concerned because I had VERY noticeable creases in both lobes. I noticed about two years ago that the creases are gone. I am 72. My advice, worry about the known CAD causes and forget the sensationalist quacks.
Lots of things have changed. I was without symptoms of anything at the time, now have a list of ailments, including PACs/PVCs/ Atrial Fib as long as your arm. Weight is less by 30 lbs. Have no logical clue as to why the creases disappeared, and no idea when it happened.
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