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A doctor has highlighted early warning signs of heart disease that may manifest in your nails, legs, and ears. Coronary heart disease, a leading cause of death in the UK, often presents symptoms like chest pains, shortness of breath, and general discomfort. However, these symptoms tend to appear in the later stages when intervention is more challenging.

Dr. Dustin Portela, sharing insights on TikTok, explained that dermatologists are trained to identify potential signs of heart disease by observing the skin. Notable indicators include swelling of the legs, known as bilateral edema, which can signify heart failure. Edema, caused by excess fluid retention, may result from conditions like congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or cirrhosis.

Additionally, Dr. Portela pointed out nail abnormalities, such as clubbing—a downward curve of the nails. Clubbing is associated with various diseases, primarily affecting the heart and lungs. Swelling of the fingertips may indicate heart disease, infection, or lung issues.

Another potential sign is referred to as “Frank’s sign,” characterized by a diagonal crease in the earlobe. While it was once considered an indicator of heart disease, recent studies suggest a weaker correlation, attributing it more to the aging process.

These observations underscore the significance of dermatological signs in early detection, providing an opportunity for proactive health intervention.

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