Our bodies give us small hints that can save us from big problems: the important thing is to notice them. A small crease on the ear, barely visible white spots, or excessive yawning - the symptoms can be unusual and seemingly innocuous. However, they can help you spot and start to cure heart disease before it's too late.
Granted, you shouldn’t panic if you realize you have one of these signs, but it never hurts to go and check with a doctor. Health experts have found out which hidden signs can help identify heart disease before happening.
1. Ear lobe crease
More than 40 studies confirm that the diagonal ear lobe crease, also known as Frank’s sign, indicates an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaques form inside arteries, hindering blood flow. New research also reveals a connection of these creases with cerebral vessel disease, so you should consider going through a thorough examination if this symptom is found.
2. Changes in your nails
If your nails are becoming thicker and rounder, you may want to pay more attention to them. These changes are associated with vascular problems and the likeliest reason is that your fingertips are not getting enough blood supply, which leads to an increase in the growth of your nail plates. This symptom has been known for thousands of years and is called Hippocratic fingers.
3. Ring finger length
If the ring finger is significantly shorter than the index finger, the risk of heart disease is higher. This strange correlation was discovered by British researchers. Finger length is determined by the amount of testosterone during embryonic development, and the hormonal system affects the cardiovascular one.
4. Bad breath
Gum inflammation, or periodontitis, can lead to bad breath or even tooth loss. But these are not all the possible consequences of the disease. New evidence shows a connection between gum and heart diseases. The fact is that bacteria from inflamed gums can get into the cardiovascular system and start inflammation in a new place. The risk of heart disease in individuals with periodontitis is higher by 20%. No matter how intimidating a visit to the dentist may sound, for your own good you shouldn’t skip it.
5. Infectious tooth diseases
Researchers from Helsinki have proven the relationship between apical periodontitis (a root canal infection) and coronary syndrome. People with this tooth disease were 2.7 times more likely to have coronary circulation problems. The connection between tooth loss and cardiac problems has also been postulated by Australian researchers, so don’t miss your appointment with the dentist.
6. Hair loss
One of the most unusual symptoms of heart problems is early or rapid hair loss in men. There have been more than 800 studies on hair loss and some of them found that it can be caused by vascular diseases. Baldness can also be a sign of increased sensitivity to testosterone or incipient diabetes. All of these can turn into heart problems: with early hair loss, the risk of these diseases increases by up to 70%.
As the saying goes, forewarned is forearmed. Granted, you shouldn’t panic if you realize you have one of these signs, but it never hurts to go and check with a doctor. Or maybe you recognize some of the symptoms in your friends and relatives? Share this article with them and spread awareness!