The American Academy of Dermatology lists the 10 most common skin-related symptoms of heart disease. 1. Swollen legs or feet. 2. Cyanosis, a bluish discoloration of the skin, not related to exposure to cold temperatures. 3. Livedo reticularis, a bluish, net-like pattern. 4. Cholesterol deposits in the corners of the eyes, or on the palms of the hands or back of the legs. 5. Waxy bumps. 6. Swollen nail beds and sloped nails. 7. Dark,splinter-like lines under the nails. 8. New bumps. 9. Osler nodes, tender lumps on fingers or toes. 10. Janeway lesion, a red discoloration under the skin.
- Edema is a swelling in the feet that means fluid is building up in lower lower legs and feet.
- If there are waxy bumps on the skin, people might mistake it for an allergic reaction, but it could be a sign of very high cholesterol levels or diabetes.
- Janeway lesions are painless red bruises that appear on the hands and feet and could indicate inffective endocarditis.
“Cyanosis (ie. blue discoloration) is not necessarily a matter of concern when you’re exposed to cold elements over a short period of time. However, if you notice that at a comfortable temperature you have a blue-ish area on your skin, it could be a sign of a blocked blood vessel.”