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“In the UK, cardiovascular disease remains a significant cause of death, constituting approximately 25% of annual fatalities. This umbrella term encompasses various conditions affecting the heart and circulatory system, including heart failure, strokes, and coronary heart disease, often associated with atherosclerosis, the accumulation of fat in the arteries.

Early detection of warning signs is crucial for timely intervention. While symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath are well-known, naturopathic doctor Dr. Janine Bowring highlighted an unusual indicator of clogged arteries known as ‘Frank’s sign’ – a small crease in a diagonal position on the lower part of the earlobe. This sign, discovered by Dr. Frank in 1975, was associated with patients under 60 who had angina and coronary artery disease. Recent studies suggest a potential link between this earlobe crease and a lower concentration of the age-suppressing hormone or enzyme called klotho, implicated in artery endothelial dysfunction.

Although the presence or absence of Frank’s sign may not alter clinical management, researchers recommend considering it as part of a physical examination due to its feasibility. While genetic factors contribute to atherosclerosis risk, lifestyle choices play a pivotal role. The NHS advises a healthy diet, regular exercise, weight maintenance, blood sugar control for diabetes, abstinence from smoking, and limiting alcohol intake to lower the risk.

Dr. Bowring also recommended natural remedies such as incorporating garlic into the diet and using herbal medicines like Fo-Ti and guggulsterone to promote clean arteries. Atherosclerosis can manifest in symptoms like chest pain, pain during exercise, shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, and confusion. Individuals experiencing such symptoms or concerned about heart health should consult with their doctor for appropriate guidance.”

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