Did you know if you have ear canal hairs you might likely have an heart attack. It may come off as weird but it is true. Scientists found I link between the two.
It started in 1973, when the New England Journal of Medicine published the study of Dr. Sanders T. Frank and his team where they identify a diagonal earlobe crease, then nicknamed “Frank’s Sign,” as an indicator of coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD occurs as a result of plaque buildup in the arteries, which restricts normal blood flow.
Amazed by this ear-heart link, the doctors cooperated with dermatologists to discover the answers. Back in 1984, a team of New York doctors released a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine stating that there is a firm bond between the ear canal hair and coronary artery ailment. During a study in which 43 men and 20 women were subjected, 90% of the subjects who had a diagonal earlobe crease (DELC) and ear canal hair suffered a heart attack
Boston University Medical School, Richard F. Wagner was part of this team and he believed that long-term exposure to androgen, the main male hormone, and father of testosterone, caused clots in the arteries because of the excessive generation of red blood cells.
In 1989 an article appeared in the Indian Heart Journal in which the scientists stated their conclusions from a study including 215 Indian patients and relations between earlobe creases, ear hair, and coronary artery ailment. “There is a noticeable difference between men with and without CAD in their ear canal with the age-matched group,” explained the authors of the report. Ear hair occurred with age.
Finally, in 2006, a study conducted by Edston E. examined the link as well. “It was found that ELC (earlobe crease) was strongly correlated with CAD in both men and women (P < 0.0001) but with sudden cardiac death (SCD) only in men (P < 0.04),” the authors wrote. Edston studied over 520 autopsies measuring the BMI, spleen weight, ear hair, earlobe crease, the cause of death, baldness, the thickness of abdominal fat and other characteristics. The younger the patient was, the higher was the positive predictive value.
Scientists are still not sure how the link between ear hair canal and heart attacks works, but it definitely exists. Some people think that people get hairy and overweight with age, eventually suffering from a heart attack, so at least they don’t blame the hair.