A person’s appearance reflects not only how well they slept the last week or how they take care of their skin, but can also signal health problems. The heart is no exception. Ivan Efremkin, a cardiologist at the OMC Group of Companies, told Gazeta.ru about what you should pay attention to in your appearance.
According to the specialist, some heart diseases can be identified by their appearance. It is not worth diagnosing yourself, but vigilance does not hurt here either.
For example, you can look at the skin of the face. Redness on an ongoing basis may indicate high blood pressure. We are talking here about stable redness, and not a blush with excitement or strong emotions.
At the same time, the doctor clarified, usually, hypertension has no external manifestations, but if such a symptom has already arisen, it is definitely worth paying attention to it.
Also, do not pass by the bluish color of the skin or mucous membranes. Scientifically, this phenomenon is called cyanosis. It may indicate heart failure. Moreover, if the fingers, toes, lips, auricles turn blue, the likelihood that the diagnosis will be confirmed increases.
Another wake-up call is pale and cold feet. Together with a decrease in muscle mass, such symptoms may indicate impaired arterial blood supply, the presence of cholesterol plaques, or neuropathy – damage to nerve endings.
In addition, our eyes can talk about problems with blood vessels. In hereditary hypercholesterolemia, a person develops a white or gray circle around the edge of the cornea. These patients are at increased risk of premature atherosclerosis. The likelihood of plaque formation is also indicated by yellowish formations on the eyelids and in the eye area – xanthoma and xanthelasma.
However, everyone should keep cholesterol under control. About how to control it, “The Secret” told here.