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It’s 2016, and by this point, most of us know what puts us at risk for heart attacks and heart disease. On some level, genetics has a lot to do with it — but lifestyle can really change things as well. Weight, other health history, and whether or not you smoke can all contribute to your risk of getting coronary heart disease.

But there’s one factor you may not have suspected, and it’s all about your ears.

According to some studies, the amount of hairs you have in your ears might be an indicator of your future heart health. So why is this so? Some researchers and doctors have been trying to determine that for decades, and it’s explained in laymen’s terms below. Put down the tweezers and start educating yourself on this one. Understanding how your hair ears as they relate to your heart health could potentially save your life.

Having hair in your ears might be a bad sign — and not just because it’s a little unsightly.

According to a recent study, there is actually a connection between the hair in your ear canal and heart attacks.

It sounds a little scary, doesn’t it? Apparently, doctors have been noticing a correlation between ears and heart health for years.

Back in 1973, Dr. Sanders T. Frank and his team determined that a diagonal earlobe crease can indicate coronary artery disease. In 1984, another team of scientists proposed the same theory.

In fact, there are a lot of determining factors that can contribute to heart disease risk.

In 2006, Dr. Edston E. published a study in the American Journal of Forensic Medical Pathology. It stated that an earlobe crease was strongly tied to heart disease in men and women.

Long story short: The ear thing can indicate heart disease, but it’s not the only factor.

BMI, age, and family history also have plenty to do with it as well. The addition of the earlobe crease as a factor is just one of many indicators.

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