EAR HAIR IS THE FIRST WARNING SIGN OF THE MOST DANGEROUS DISEASE IN THE 21ST CENTURY


Experts say that ear hair, that dollhouse
garden of black strands inside many an ear, is a common sign of heart attacks. How the idea occurred to them is a mystery,
but in 1973, Dr. Sanders T. Frank and his team of researchers published a study in the
New England Journal of Medicine claiming that a diagonal earlobe crease, then nicknamed
“Frank’s Sign,” was a positive predictor of coronary artery disease. CAD is a plumbing problem where waxy plaque
deposits build up inside the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis usually caused by too
much ESPN exposure. Intrigued by this mysterious ear-heart connection,
physicians partnered with dermatologists to find answers. In 1984, a group of New York physicians published
a report in the New England Journal of Medicine claiming a strong connection between ear canal
hair and coronary artery disease. In a study of 43 men and 20 women, 90 percent
of participants who had both a diagonal earlobe crease (DELC) and ear canal hair experienced
cardiac failure. Those physicians, including Richard F. Wagner
of Boston University Medical School, suspected that long-term exposure to androgen, the king
of male hormones and father of testosterone, caused clots in the arteries due to surplus
production of red blood cells. Five years later, in 1989, an article appeared
in the Indian Heart Journal in which the researchers published their conclusions from a study involving
215 Indian patients and correlations between earlobe creases, ear hair, and coronary artery
disease. “A significant difference was also observed
between men with and without CAD in the presence of ear-canal hair with age-matched group,”
wrote the authors in the report abstract. Ear hair prevalence advanced with age. No one is quite sure why ear hair and heart
attacks make good bedfellows. Some accuse testosterone supplements. Others think that as people age, they get
hairy and overweight, and they die from the latter. Thankfully, no one blames ear hair.

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