Three Weird Things That May Predict Heart Disease
It’s February, the month we celebrate matters of the heart. Valentine’s Day aside, February is also American Heart Month and Go Red for Women Day, the American Heart Association’s initiative to increase women’s heart health awareness. What better time to talk about that thing that makes you tick?
The Centers for Disease Control identifies cardiovascular disease as the number one killer of Americans. Most Americans know the most common indicators of heart trouble, such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, weight, and diabetes. Instead of sharing traditional heart health tips, let’s talk about some rather unusual predictors of heart disease.
The length of your ring finger. Scientists from the University of Liverpool consider short ring fingers a sign of future heart trouble. Those who have ring fingers longer than their index finger typically have a decreased risk of heart problems. If your ring finger is the same length or shorter than your index finger, the risk of heart disease is considered higher after age 40. The problem is thought to be related to exposure to high levels of testosterone in the uterus.
Take a peek at your ear lobes. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital found a crease in one or both lobes may predict future heart trouble. The lobe wrinkle, called Frank’s Sign after Sanders T. Frank, the man who identified the link, is considered a sign of arterial blockage.
Chronic yawning during exercise. The occasional yawn is nothing to be concerned with, but constantly yawning during physical activity may be a big deal. Why? A circulatory blockage can cause inefficiency in the body’s cooling system. Yawning may be a signal of those blockages and a predictor of future heart issues.
For more information about heart disease, visit the American Heart Association website.