Symptoms in Your Feet Can Signal a Risk of Heart Disease

More than 600,000 men and women die from heart disease in the United States each year, which is roughly one in four of all deaths in the country. Unfortunately, many men and women don’t even know they have heart disease.

As with many medical conditions, early detection of heart disease can improve your survivability. Fortunately, you have an ally when it comes to recognizing the symptoms of heart disease: your feet.

Your feet can often reveal clues about your heart health. In this blog, the health experts at  Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center discuss what those clues are.

Heart disease

Men account for more than 50% of deaths related to heart disease in the United States, but women are also hard hit by the condition. The big risk factors for developing heart disease are smoking, having high cholesterol, or having high blood pressure. Unfortunately, nearly half of American adults have at least one of these factors. 

Many Americans can go years with high cholesterol and high blood pressure and not know it. High blood pressure rarely causes symptoms until its later stages, and the same goes for high cholesterol.

Your feet as heart detectives

Your feet can often provide clues about your overall health. Their place on the periphery means they can be the first place where evidence of illness appears. This also holds true when it comes to heart disease. If you have heart disease, you may develop the following symptoms on your feet:


If your feet and ankles swell to the point where you can press down with a finger and leave an indentation, you may have a heart-related circulation problem.


If you have cold feet, this can indicate poor circulation resulting from peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or another circulation problem. It’s also possible that you may have a thyroid disorder, since the thyroid acts as your body’s thermostat. 

Hair loss

Losing hair on your toes is another possible sign of poor circulation.

Skin changes

Patchy spots on the skin of your feet may also be symptoms of poor circulation.

Lack of strength

If you notice that your feet and legs are getting tired easily and without as much exertion, you may be experiencing the effects of PAD or a blood clot.  

Your feet can provide many clues about your heart health. So if you notice any of the symptoms above, make an appointment with Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center. The vein specialists and vascular surgeons on staff are experts at diagnosing and treating heart disease. They can give you a thorough evaluation and give you the treatment you need. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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