New research reveals that a specific aspect of your ear lobes might indicate that you are at a risk of a stroke.There are these diagonal creases, also known as ‘Frank’s Sign’ across your lobes. 75% of stroke sufferers had the distinctive mark on their ears. This is basically caused by reduced blood supply and it is a sign of clogged arteries.
A team of Israeli researchers published their research in the American Journal of Medicine (AJM). They found that 78 of 88 patients who had suffered a full-blown stroke had Frank’s Sign. On top of that, of the 153 patients who had suffered a ‘mini-stroke’, 73 per cent, had this indicator.
Earlier research indicated that the lobe creases also mean a higher risk of heart attack.
The crease got the name from doctor Sanders T. Frank. In 1973 he noticed that the crease was common among young patients with the heart condition angina.
However, not all experts are in agreement about this.
Dr. Yaqoob Bhat is a director for stroke medicine at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in South Wales. He does not completely agree.
‘The so-called Frank’s sign in the ear lobes has been recognized as having a possible association with advanced age. Some studies have shown its association with cardiovascular risk factors like diabetes, hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease.’
Medicine needs further studies to confirm this research. The NHS suggests that the best way to prevent stroke is to “eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol”.