Inside the cage of your chest sits a heart that beats stronger and louder every day for the sake of keeping you alive. So protecting it is a must and paying attention to all of its signs is a necessity.
Unfortunately, most people don’t really know all the signs that indicate a heart disease, believing that the first sign is having a heart attack. It is important to be aware that even if you can’t see your heart beating within your chest, the signs of its diseases are still visible.
So before you suffer from any sudden cardiovascular event, here are the 6 hidden signs of heart disease that you have to look out for.
#1 – Creased earlobes
The Creased earlobes sign is known as Frank’s sign because the American doctor, Sanders Frank, was the first person to describe this sign.
There are many studies that were able to find how the visible creased earlobes are connected to the increased risk of the plaque building up within your arteries.
The cause of this association between the two is still unclear, but according to 40 studies, those creased earlobes can also indicate a disease of the blood vessels in the brain.
#2 – Fatty Bumps
One of the visible signs that you can spot on your own body is the fatty bumps. Their clinical name is “xanthomas”. They appear on knees, eyelids, elbows or buttocks.
These bumps are completely harmless, but they could indicate the presence of other serious problems, including bad cholesterol. People who have these fatty bumps are mostly suffering from high cholesterol levels that they become deposited in the skin.
Also, these bumps are linked to arteries that provide the heart with blood.
#3 – Clubbed fingernails
Clubbed fingernails are a known phenomenon that could be also a sign of something bad happening with the heart. It is when the fingernails become wider and thicker because there is more tissue production.
So basically, when the fingers are not receiving oxygenated blood properly, the cells start producing a “factor” that helps growth in order to repair the issue. However, those changes happen with no pain at all and they occur on both hands.
#4 – The halo around the iris
Have you ever noticed a grey ring in the outside of the colored part of the eyes (the iris)? This sign is called arcus senilis, and it starts at the bottom and top of the iris until it creates a full ring around it. It doesn’t affect the vision.
According to research, the presence of this halo around the iris is linked with many risk factors for coronary heart disease.
#5 – Loose teeth and rotten gums
Your oral health could be one of the main predictors of your cardiovascular health state. It is a known fact that our mouths are full of bacteria, both bad and good.
But the bad bacteria can easily get into our bloodstream causing a dangerous inflammation within the blood vessels, which also could lead to cardiovascular disease. In general, it is a must to take care of your oral hygiene before it is too late.
#6 – Blue lips
The last heart disease indicator comes from the color of your lips. The normal color of lips is known, but when they start to become a little blue, then that person may be suffering from a heart problem due to the failure of the cardiovascular system that transfers the oxygenated blood to the tissues.
Obviously, we shouldn’t compare the same situation to a person who is cold or at a high altitude. These cases are just temporary and will resolve quickly.
If you are in doubt or worried, it is best to contact your healthcare provider to make sure everything is okay. Do not ever ignore these signs because they could save your life!