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Saturday, July 15, 2017

New Study Points to This Body Part for Signs Of Stroke Risk


A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine points to a most unusual area of the body to check for signs of increased risk for stroke. It is known as "Frank's Sign," and it is located in the earlobe.


Yes, the earlobe can reveal whether or not you are at risk for the most common type of stroke, acute ischemic. This is the type of stroke where a blockage cuts off blood supply to the brain. According to a new study, almost 9 out of 10 people who had an acute ischemic stroke had the Frank’s sign marker.

What to look for

The sign is a diagonal earlobe crease which can indicate poor blood supply to the earlobes, or weakening in the blood vessels. In the study, 79 percent of the 241 patients who were hospitalized with a stroke had Frank’s sign.

The condition is named after Sanders T. Frank, M.D., who discovered the link between earlobe crease and risk stroke in the 1970s while examining a patient with heart disease. Although creases in the earlobe may be due to aging, it is also linked to stroke.

If you or anyone you know has this sign, it is better to have it checked out by the doctor to see if it is pointing to a cardiovascular problem, or just aging. Better to be safe.

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