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Earlobe Crease Linked to Heart Trouble?

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Q. I just read that if you have earlobe creases you at are risk for heart disease. Do they always indicate clogged arteries?

My grandparents lived past 90. My father is healthy at 82 and still exercising. I ride my bike daily, eat lots of veggies and fresh fruit and can outwork and outpace guys 15 years younger than me. Do I need to worry about my earlobes?

A. With your family history, healthy lifestyle and no symptoms it is unlikely that you should worry about a diagonal crease in your earlobes. Although creases are more common among people who have heart disease they can also occur in healthy individuals. Keep doing what you are doing and don't fret. Regular exercise and a good diet rich in vegetables, legumes and fruit and low in processed meat and refined flour will help keep your heart healthy. You can learn more about non-drug approaches in our Guide to Cholesterol Control and Heart Health.

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Does that mean only one lobe or both earlobes?

I have creases in my earlobes. There is no family history of heart disease, my parents are both in their 70's (and I'm in my 50's) and both of them have the creases in their earlobes. None of us have heart problems, or even many health problems. I am not even sure there's a link here to be worried about.

My crease showed up in my late 30's. I knew about the crease because the head of Cardiology at the hospital my mother worked at, pointed it out to her. He was always trying to get her to change her diet. I believe there is a link; but I also believe if your eating/exercising right that you probably have nothing to worry about. I think it shows a predisposition just like the breast cancer gene. Eat the typical American diet, sit on your behind, and this is likely where your problem will show up. Eat healthy, stay active, no problem to show up.

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