Ear lobe crease may be coronary heart disease

Recently, a circle of friends of the cardiologists of the People’s Hospital of Zhejiang Province has drawn attention: 7 patients with coronary artery disease implanted with coronary stents have obvious creases on the earlobe, which is one of the signs of atherosclerotic disease. real or fake? Many people are very confused. “This is true. I have recently received two such patients.” Ding Yahui, deputy director of the Department of Cardiology, said.

Isn’t the earlobe a blessing?

Old sayings often say that the ears are blessed, that the thick and moist earlobe is a congenital kidney, and the body is better. Lao Wang, who lives in Hangzhou, also has a large earlobe. His work and life are fairly smooth. He always feels that he is indeed very blessed. But not long ago, he fell into the bottom of the valley because of his “fu” mood, and his sleep was difficult.

Later, I couldn’t stand my wife for a few days, and in a few days I felt a little chest tight, and Pharaoh searched the Internet. “There is really such an article, myocardial infarction can be fatal!” Under this, Pharaoh can’t sit still, sleep is not practical, accompanied by his wife to the Provincial People’s Hospital for internal medicine consultation: This statement is not true, still Just a fake science of the eyeball.

“The phenomenon of creases in the earlobe is indeed related to coronary heart disease, such as obvious creases in the bilateral earlobe (at least 1/3 of the total length of the earlobe), which may have coronary heart disease, cerebral infarction and vascular fibrosis. Sex is higher than normal.” Ding Yahui patiently listened to the description of Lao Wang, told that according to the description of chest tightness, there is indeed a large coronary heart disease. Under Ding Yahui’s patient persuasion, Pharaoh decided to go to hospital for coronary angiography. The result was that the coronary artery was narrow. Fortunately, the degree of stenosis was not too heavy. It is not necessary to implant the stent for the time being, but the hat of coronary heart disease is put on. Now, he has to insist on taking the medicine.

“Early sign” is not necessarily coronary heart disease

“The earlobe creases indicate coronary heart disease, and they are quite similar to those on the Internet, but it is indeed a clinical phenomenon discovered by modern medicine and supported by relevant research data.” Ding Yahui said that this phenomenon was first developed by Sander. Dr. Sanders T. Frank reported in the world’s top medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, in 1973. It is also known as the Frank levy, and some people call it the “ear mark.” In 2014, the results of the Copenhagen Heart Study, which followed up to 50,000 people aged 20 to 93 years, showed that 60% of Frank’s positive patients had coronary heart disease, so the crease of the earlobe was A very important predictor.

Why is the “ear degeneration” related to coronary heart disease? Ding Yahui said that there is no very clear explanation at present. Some experts believe that in addition to cardiac ischemia, the ear canal will also bleed and hemorrhage, resulting in local collagen fiber breakage and wrinkles in the earlobe; some experts believe that this and part Human-related genes, which on the one hand lead to high cardiovascular disease, on the one hand lead to the formation of folds in elastin at the earlobe.

“I recently admitted a patient like this, in his 70s, his earlobe has obvious creases. More than 1 year ago, six coronary stents were placed twice because of severe coronary lesions. During this year’s review, he found that a previously mildly narrow blood vessel became a severe stenosis and had to put a seventh stent. Fortunately, after careful treatment, his coronary blood flow recovered unobstructed, chest tightness and chest pain. The situation has not happened again,” Ding Yahui said.

However, the person with the crease of the earlobe is not necessarily a coronary heart disease, especially only one side, and it is not excluded that it is like a side sleep. However, if you have symptoms of coronary heart disease, such as chest tightness, chest pain, shortness of breath, or risk factors for coronary heart disease, you should go to the hospital for consultation and, if necessary, undergo further examination to determine whether there is coronary heart disease, such as coronary angiography, coronary CTA, Sports flats, etc.

For how to distinguish the medical information of Tianfeifei, Ding Yahui suggested that it is best not to blindly judge itself. It should be consulted by a specialist to confirm it like Lao Wang.