India is a country where heart diseases are the leading cause of death killing about 2 million people, annually. Now, an Indian doctor from Mahad revived the old method of diagnosing cardiac problems by taking a closer look at the patient instead of subjecting him/her to complex tests. More specifically, he claims that 95% of the people with ear crease have heart disease.
The diagonal earlobe crease (DELC) condition, commonly known as ear crease, is one of the most visible signs of the presence of heart conditions, according to
Dr. Himmatrao Bawaskar who practices medicine in the town of Mahad, at about 160 km from Mumbai.
His latest study, conducted on 888 individuals, revealed that about 95% of the subjects presenting a diagonal earlobe crease (DELC) also have heart disease.
“Of the 888 patients, 508 had an ear crease,” the Indian doctor said. He also added that ear crease could be a surrogate marker for cardiovascular conditions.
95% of the people with ear crease have heart disease, an Indian doctor found out
“In India, the majority of chest pain victims first go to family physicians. At times, sudden death is the first and last manifestation of IHD, Dr. Himmatrao Bawaskar stated.
However, the theory that the ear crease is a sign of heart disease is not new. Before medical technology advancements, a long time before CT, angios and high-sensitivity blood enzyme tests, the American doctor Sanders T Frank found out the ear-heart connection in the 70s. Also, according to Altaf Patel, a former professor at the JJ Hospital’s Grant Medical College in Byculla, “the earlobe connection to heart disease seems like a common sense thing.”
“A majority of people with the ear crease are in their late 50s or 60s. Most of them will have high blood pressure or heart disease,” added Dr. Patel.
Now, according to the new research conducted by Dr. Himmatrao Bawaskar, an Indian doctor from Mahad, 95% of those people with ear crease also have heart disease.