Maybe you’re brushing your teeth one morning when you spot it for the first time.
But if you’re like most folks, you dismiss it as soon as you see it.
After all, you figure it’s just one of those pillow marks. You know the ones that show up when you’ve slept a bit too soundly.
But the trouble is it’s not.
In fact, THIS particular mark is a silent sign of a heart attack or stroke. And it could be barreling down on you like a freight train.
If you want to dodge this bullet, you need to stop whatever it is you’re doing and read this…
The secret heart attack warning sign most people miss
I know it sounds strange. But I want you to take a close look at your ears.
You’re looking for a crease that runs diagonally across your earlobe. Like you folded it and then unfolded it again.
And yes, it can look a LOT like those lines that show up on your skin with you’ve slept with your face smashed into a pillow all night.
It’s called Frank’s Sign after the doctor who first discovered it, Dr. Sanders T. Frank. And it’s a red flag that something could be very wrong with your heart.
Dr. Frank kept seeing it in his own angina patients and made the connection. And as far-fetched as it sounds it’s been confirmed by a number of studies.
If you spot Frank’s Sign there’s no time to waste. Having this crease on your earlobe could be a heart attack warning sign. And it could mean your risk of a heart attack, stroke, or other heart problem has already shot through the roof.
And the longer and deeper the crease is, the bigger your risk could be.
Dropping circulation may be to blame
Scientists haven’t pinned down exactly why this strange heart attack warning sign appears. But most experts agree that poor circulation, at least partially caused by dropping nitric oxide (NO) levels, is the most likely culprit.
You see NO helps to dilate your blood vessels. This allows for smooth and easy blood flow. And when you were a youngster, your nitric oxide levels stayed effortlessly high.
But as your age climbs, your nitric oxide level naturally falls. And that can increase your risk for all kinds of heart and circulation dangers.
3 sure-fire tricks for boosting NO and circulation
The good news is you can fight back and reverse (or avoid) this heart attack warning sign. Following are three things you can do to help raise your NO levels.
1. Avoid mouthwash like the plague:
It turns out an innocent habit you’re doing to take care of your teeth could be sending your nitric oxide levels plummeting.
Bacteria living in your mouth work to convert the nitrates in your food into nitric oxide. In fact, you can’t produce NO without them. But every time you use an antibacterial mouthwash, you’re killing these good bacteria right along with the bad bugs.
Ditching the mouthwash could help your NO levels bounce back.
Got dragon breath? Try chewing on some mint, eating some breath-freshening parsley, or rinsing your mouth with a natural mouthwash that doesn’t target bacteria.
2. Chow down on nitrate-packed produce:
But it might not matter how much good bacteria you have camped out in your mouth. Because if you don’t eat enough nitrate-rich foods they can’t make nitric oxide.
To get more nitrates in your diet load up on vegetables that contain plenty of them such as beets, garlic, spinach, arugula, celery, and lettuce. And eat more watermelon, pomegranate, citrus fruits.
3. Try a supplement:
If you’re not a huge veggie fan, you can still boost your NO levels. A good supplement that supports NO production can fill in for any missing vegetables. There are even supplements that include nitrates taken directly from these veggies.
If you’ve been ignoring a crease on your earlobe, stop. And should one pop up suddenly don’t make the mistake of dismissing it.
That crease could be a red flag for undiagnosed heart disease and a heart attack warning sign. So make an appointment for a checkup right away before it’s too late.
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