The Ear Study

FRANK’S SIGN

Generations ago, the Strauss family notices a correlation between creases in the lower earlobe to customers with complaints about symptoms of poor circulation (cold hands and feet, low energy, chest pain). In our experience, these creases usually show up before the other symptoms. Although treatment can improve the symptoms of heart disease, the creases do not go away.

It is interesting to note that a number of published studies have found a similar correlation. One of these studies, done at the University of Alabama, found that persons with a diagonal crease across an earlobe are 74% more likely to develop coronary artery disease.  Find the results of earlobe crease studies at the PubMed website of http://www.nlm.nih.gov.

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Diagonal Earlobe Crease as a Marker of the Presence and Extent of Coronary Atherosclerosis

By Tranchesi et al

One thousand four hundred twenty-four patients (760 men and 664 women, aged 30 – 80 yeras) were examined for the presence of ELC.

When adjusted for age and sex, the presence of creases was still 68% higher in patients with CAD than in control subjects.

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Increased All-Cause and Cardiac Morbidity and Mortality Associated with the Diagonal Earlobe Crease: A Prospective Cohort Study

By William J. Elliott, MD, PhD, Theodore Karrison, PhD

A prosective, observational study of 108 patients.

Diagonal Earlobe Crease and Prognosis in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

By William J. Elliott, MD, PhD,  Lynda H. Powell, PhD

Two hundred sixty-four consecutive patients from a university-based coronary care unit or catheterization laboratory were blindly followed up for 10 years.