Ask the Cardiologist: Are there any physical signs of heart disease?

Dr. Maciej Malinski (pictured in animated form above and real-life form on the left) is on the medical staff at Sherman Hospital. He has been kind enough to answer some frequently asked questions related to maintaining a healthy heart in his Ask the Cardiologist series. Look for additional heart information from Dr. Malinski throughout Heart Month 2011.

Q: Is it true that if a woman has vertical lines in her earlobes, it’s a sign that she could be at risk of heart disease? Are there any other physical signs?

A: There are a few studies showing association between the lines you describe (diagonal earlobe crease) and heart disease. Earlobe crease may indicate increased risk of heart disease, so if you have one, it may be worthwhile to check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and review the results with your doctor.

Other skin signs of heart disease include xanthomas and xanthelasmas. They appear as crops of yellow papules on the extensor surface of the extremities and the buttocks. They are usually associated with elevated triglyceride levels, type of cholesterol fat associated with increased risk of heart disease.

Do you have a question for Dr. Malinski? To submit your question, either post it in the comments section below or email luke@shermanhealth.com with the subject line “Question for Dr. Malinski.” To schedule the essential (and painless) $79 Healthy Heart CT Scan, click here.

This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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One Response to Ask the Cardiologist: Are there any physical signs of heart disease?

  1. Pingback: Ask the Cardiologist: Are there any signs or symptoms of heart disease? | Sherman Heart & Vascular Blog

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