Preventing heart disease in patients is my main goal, but early detection is the next best thing.
This can lead to changes in lifestyle and medical therapies that can delay or deny the onset of a heart attack; almost 80 percent of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes.
Many of my patients are shocked to learn about the following clues to underlying clogged arteries and heart disease.
1. Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Men have a built-in warning system for silent CHD.
When achieving an erection is difficult or impossible, it can be a sign of clogged arteries in the pelvis that presents before a heart attack hits.
There are, on average, three to five years between the onset of ED and the finding of CHD, which is plenty of time to detect and to work on preventing heart issues.
If you and your partner are worried about sexual performance, look for and treat root causes of diseased arteries before just popping a blue pill.
If you are worried about a heart attack, new symptoms are found nearly every day. A new study reveals that liquid cholesterol can be lethal when it hardens to form sharp crystals
In a comprehensive new study of almost 37,000 men, severe baldness at the crown of the head strongly predicted the presence of silent CHD at any age.
In a separate study of more than 7,000 people (including over 4,000 women), moderate to severe baldness doubled the risk of dying from heart disease in both sexes.
Hair loss, for women especially, can be frustrating but recent years have seen an increase in resources for coping with the problem.
3. Ear crease
One of the stranger markers, a crease in your earlobe (specifically, an angled crease in the ear that runs diagonally from the canal to the lower edge of the earlobe) has been mentioned in medical research reports as a sign of silent CHD for decades.
The ear crease may result from poor circulation, including in arteries in the heart.
Although some medical professionals have argued that a crease is just a general sign of aging, researchers used the most sophisticated CT scan method to measure silent CHD and found that ear crease predicted heart disease even after the authors accounted for other risk factors, such as age and smoking.
Both heart disease and stroke – think of stroke as a heart attack in your head – occur because of blockages and damage to the arteries in the heart throughout the body. Here’s how to increase your heart health.