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Visible symptoms of heart conditions: Signs on feet and toes

Visible symptoms of heart conditions: Signs on feet and toes Signs of heart problems that can be seen on the feet (RBC-Ukraine collage)

Cardiovascular diseases rank among the leading causes of premature death worldwide. This includes conditions affecting the heart and circulatory system, strokes, ischemic heart disease, heart attacks, and heart failure. Certain symptoms of these diseases can be visible or felt, while others are hidden or masked by other signs.

American Academy of Dermatology provided the information about the signs of cardiovascular problems that can be seen on the feet and toes.

Swollen feet

Swollen ankles, feet, and feet are symptoms of heart disease. Doctors call this phenomenon edema. It mainly indicates that the heart is not functioning properly.

"Many diseases of the heart cause fluid to build up in your feet and lower legs," emphasize doctors.

Blue toes

This symptom may indicate a blockage of blood vessels. In this case, the extremity may be very cold because blood is not circulating properly. If an area of the skin turns blue or purple when you are warm, it may be a sign that your blood is not receiving enough oxygen.

Painful bumps on the toes

Such bumps on the toes are called Osler's nodes and can affect the toes.

"If you have a heart infection known as infective endocarditis, these painful lumps can develop in your fingers, toes, or both places. The lumps can last for a few hours to several days," experts emphasize.

Also, one should not ignore a very rare symptom - brown or reddish spots on the soles of the feet or hands. This symptom indicates an infection in the heart or blood vessel.

Earlier, we wrote about why white coating appears on the tongue.

And also, we talked about what unusual symptoms can appear a few hours before a stroke.

This material is for informational purposes only and should not be used for medical diagnosis or self-treatment. Our goal is to provide readers with accurate information about symptoms, causes, and methods of detecting diseases. RBС-Ukraine is not responsible for any diagnoses that readers may make based on materials from the resource. We do not recommend self-treatment and advise consulting a doctor in case of any health concerns.