Keeping your heart healthy is obviously important, but you also need to pay attention to the danger signal that things aren't going well. Many people are on the lookout for urgent signs of chest pain, arm pain, and cold sweat, but there are also physical warnings that heart health can be impaired in the long run. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the presence of the heart in the skin can endanger the heart.
1. The yellow growth of the skin called a "xanthoma," can be a sign of hypercholesterolemia.
CDC warns that maintaining low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in the bloodstream is an important step in maintaining heart health, especially reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. doing. Unfortunately, the development of high levels of LDL cholesterol is "bad" vs. "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is usually asymptomatic and should be monitored regularly.
However, authorities warn that physical warnings of high cholesterol may appear in the body. According to the CDC, "Some people may have yellow growth on their skin called xanthomas, which are cholesterol-rich deposits. People with xanthomas may have high cholesterol levels. "
2. The ridge usually appears on a particular part of the body.
According to Mount Sinai Hospital, xanthomas are lumps in the skin that range in diameter from less than 1 centimeter to over 3 centimeters. Lesions can occur anywhere on the body but are usually on the elbows, joints, tendons, knees, hands, feet, or buttocks. If they are in the eye, it is called a xanthoma.
In a 2018 study, xanthomas are generally asymptomatic but can be itchy and painful in some cases. It's also often a warning sign of an underlying health problem, so if your doctor detects it, it's a good idea to contact your doctor so that you can properly diagnose your condition.
3. Regular tests are the best way to achieve high cholesterol.
The CDC warns that many indicators of high cholesterol first appear in serious medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes, but you can go a long way. The agency recommends that you have a blood test at least every 5 years.
The CDC also suggests avoiding foods high in saturated fat to reduce cholesterol. This often includes everything from animals such as butter, cheese, and lean meat. Instead, try high-fiber foods such as oatmeal and beans. They also suggest that healthy unsaturated fats are found in foods such as avocado, olive oil, and walnuts.
4. Other skin-related symptoms may be a sign of possible heart problems.
When it comes to possible signs of dermatological warning, xanthoma is not the only thing that means the heart is at risk. Psoriasis is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is associated with an increased risk of serious cardiovascular adverse events such as heart attack, according to a study published in the Chinese Medical Journal on March 5.
According to Healthline, the condition of the skin is the result of an overreaction of the immune system that causes systemic inflammation of the body. Unfortunately, it is this inflammation that puts people at risk. "Chronic inflammation has long been associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke," Kanohealth's managing director, physician and cardiologist Kevin R. Campbell told Everyday Health.
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