JEFFREY R. FISHER, M.D.; MAURICE L. SIEVERS, M.D.
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To the editor: The association of a diagonal ear-lobe crease with coronary heart disease has been supported by angiographic, post-mortem; and clinical data (1). More recently, however, results from the Honolulu Heart Study (2) have not shown a correlation between coronary heart disease and an ear-lobe crease in Japanese men. Rather, a statistically significant relation was noted for the ear-lobe crease and obesity.
The prevalence of coronary heart disease in southwestern American Indians is only one fifth to half the rate for the U.S. general population (3), but these tribes have about two times the frequency of diagonal ear-lobe creases
FISHER JR, SIEVERS ML. Ear-Lobe Crease in American Indians. Ann Intern Med. 1980;93:512. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-3-512_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(3):512.
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