Silent Signs

Four signs or clues to underlying heart disease are:

1. Erectile Dysfunction: when achieving an erection is difficult or impossible, it can be due to clogged arteries in the pelvis that presents before a heart attack hits. There are, on average, three to five years between the onset of ED and the finding of coronary heart disease, plenty of time to detect and work on prevention.

2. Baldness: in men severe baldness at the crown of the head is a strong predictor of silent coronary heart disease at any age according to a new study.

3. Ear Crease:  An angled crease in the ear that runs diagonally from the canal to the lower edge of the earlobe has been mentioned in medical research reports as a sign of silent CHD. The ear crease may result from poor circulation, including in arteries in the heart.

4. Calf Pain When Walking: Atherosclerosis can block leg arteries, particularly in smokers, before CHD is diagnosed. This symptom requires immediate evaluation by your doctor.

Source: Joel E. Kahn MD, clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Published in Reader’s Digest

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