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Signs of heart issues

posted Apr 5, 2018, 4:12 PM by Ann Lee
Here are simple things to look for so you know if you need to be more proactive with preventing heart disease:
- diagonal creases on the earlobes is associated with atherosclerosis, where plaque builds up inside your arteries or even disease of the blood vessels in the brain
- yellow, fatty bumps, called xanthomas, that appear on the elbows, knees, buttocks or eyelids- commonly associated with familial hypercholesterolemia.  Cholesterol levels are so high that they become deposited in the skin and the arteries that supply the heart
- clubbed fingernails, where your nails change shape, become thicker and wider due to more tissue produced from blood not reaching the fingers properly so the cells produce a factor that promotes growth.
- halo around the iris, from fat deposits in the eye causing a grey ring around the outside of the iris.  It doesn't interfere with vision, but is associated with coronary heart disease.
- inflamed gums and loose teeth, as bad bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the mouth and cause inflammation in the blood vessels which can lead to heart disease
- blue lips, not from being in the cold or at high altitude, can be a sign that the heart is not delivering oxygenated blood to tissues

These symptoms can have other causes, but it is a good idea to be proactive with your heart health and start early rather than later.

Source: CNN article
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