Doctor Drapkina explained how to determine the risk of a heart attack by the fold on the earlobe

According to Honored Doctor of the Russian Federation, Professor Oksana Drapkina, a sign of a high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases can be seen on a person’s ear. We are talking about the lobe.

Such a sign, as the doctor said in her Telegram channel, is a fold on the lobe. It is called Frank's sign. Sanders T. Frank in 1973 noticed a connection between the lobe crease and heart disease. He studied the condition of heart patients, that is, patients with angina and blockage of the coronary artery.

“A diagonal fold on the earlobe is a sign of a high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases,” Drapkina noted.

In winter, people are especially susceptible to attacks, so it is important to pay special attention to heart health. An increased risk is associated with constriction of blood vessels due to cold.

Signs indicating the possibility of a heart attack:

  • Chest pain. One of the main signs of a heart attack is a feeling of severe and pressing pain in the chest. It may be in the center of the chest or radiate to the left arm, neck, jaw or back.
  • Shortness of breath. Myocardial infarction can cause difficulty breathing and a feeling of shortness of breath.
  • Excessive sweating. Even in a cold room.
  • Severe weakness and fatigue.
  • Nausea and vomiting. Some patients experiencing a myocardial infarction may experience nausea and vomiting associated with severe chest pain.

Myocardial infarction can occur in people of all ages and genders, but there are some factors that increase the risk of developing this condition. Who is at risk?

1. Genetics. If you have close relatives (parents, siblings) with myocardial infarction or other cardiovascular disease, your risk is increased.

2. People with high blood pressure. It is one of the main risk factors for the development of a heart attack.

3. People with high cholesterol.

4. Smokers.

5. Diabetics. Diabetes can increase your risk of having a heart attack, especially if your blood sugar levels are not properly controlled.

6. People who are overweight or obese.

7. People with low physical activity.

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Oksana Drapkina Oksana Drapkina Medicine Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Honored Doctor of the Russian Federation