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Title: Predictive Value of auricular diagnosis on coronary heart disease
Authors: Suen, KPL 
Lau, YK
Ma, HC
Lai, KW
Holroyd, E
Keywords: Ear-lobe crease
Diagonal earlobe crease
Artery-disease
Cardiovascular-disease
Acupuncture points
Risk-factor
Sign
Atherosclerosis
Association
Marker
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Source: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, 2012, v. 2012, 706249, p. 1-9 How to cite?
Journal: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine 
Abstract: The ear has a reflexive property; therefore, various physical attributes may appear on the auricle when disorders of the internal organs or other parts of the body exist. Auricular diagnostics is an objective, painless, and noninvasive method that provides rapid access to information. Thus, the association between auricular signals and coronary heart disease (CHD) should be further investigated. A case control study was conducted to determine the predictive value of auricular signals on 100 cases of CHD (CHD+ve = 50; CHD−ve = 50) via visual inspection, electrical skin resistance measurement, and tenderness testing. The results showed that the presence of an ear lobe crease (ELC) was significantly associated with coronary heart disease. The “heart” zone of the CHD+ve group significantly exhibited higher conductivity on both ears than that of the controls. The CHD+ve group experienced significant tenderness in the “heart” region compared with those in the CHD−ve group in both acute and chronic conditions. Further studies that take into consideration the impact of age, race, and earlobe shape on ELC prevalence in a larger sample should be done.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/6643
ISSN: 1741-427X
EISSN: 1741-4288
DOI: 10.1155/2012/706249
Rights: Copyright © 2012 Lorna Kwai-Ping Suen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Creative Commons Attribution License is available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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