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You May Ask What Can My Skin Tell Me About My Heart Health? By Lisa Ledden

Your skin can warn you about possible heart and circulatory disease. Pay attention to your largest organ, the skin, which may indicate problems with the heart or circulatory system. Do you notice swelling in your feet and lower legs (called edema)? It may be telling you your heart function is not working properly. Dermatologists often treat a condition called stasis dermatitis caused by fluid in the lower legs. The skin may become discolored, thickened and is occasionally itchy. Is there a blue or purple color on your skin? This is called cyanosis. Cyanosis is a sign blood isn’t getting enough oxygen or there is a blockage in a blood vessel. This could be due to inadequate heart function, extreme cold, or a pooling of blood in the veins. If you notice clusters of waxy bumps that appear suddenly, this could indicate cholesterol deposits (called xanthelasma). This is often triggered by hyperlipidemia (elevated fats in the blood), thyroid dysfunction, or diabetes. If your nails curve downward at the ends (clubbing), this could indicate heart or lung disease. This indicates chronically low blood levels of oxygen. Pay attention to your largest organ, the skin, and schedule an appointment with your doctor for further evaluation.

Certified Dermatology Specializing in General and Cosmetic Dermatology 732-456-7777 (Main) 609-940-3100 (Office) 609-437-6921 (Cell) 599 Shore Road, Suite 202, Somers Point, NJ

To schedule a consultation, call me at 609-940-3100.

Lisa M Ledden, MSN, APN-C Nurse Practitioner 

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