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.
4. Calf pain when you walk
This is known as claudication (from the Latin for “to limp”).
Atherosclerosis can block leg arteries, particularly in smokers, before CHD is diagnosed.
This symptom requires an evaluation without delay.
Your doctor will examine the pulses in your legs and perform simple measurements of leg blood pressure and blood flow to confirm a diagnosis of poor circulation.
It is critical that heart disease be diagnosed as early as possible because there are many dietary and medical treatments that can help reverse the issue.
Some of my patients took these early clues to heart. I advised them to eat more plant-based foods and fewer animal products and to start a walking program.
Their calf pain completely resolved within weeks and has not recurred for years.
Anyone with any of the above signs of silent CHD should know his or her numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, fasting glucose). Ask your doctor if you should be checked for heart disease with an EKG, a coronary calcium CT imaging, or an exercise stress testing.
To borrow from Ben Franklin, an ounce of prevention (plus a bowl of kale) is worth a pound of cure.
High blood pressure damages your blood vessels, heart and eyes while also increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia and kidney disease.