Heart attack: The sign on your nails that can warn you that you are at risk of a heart attack

A condition known as clubbing, which is an enlarged fingernail, can indicate a risk of heart attack.

the nails they come in different shapes and sizes, but if you notice any unusual changes in their appearance, it could be a sign that your body is getting sick. According to the UK’s National Health Service, the most common problems are very brittle nails or color changes, which are often indicative of nutritional deficiencies.

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A condition known as digital clubbing, that is, an enlargement of the ends of the fingers or toes, with an altered angle at the base of the nail, can be a sign of various health problems. According to the Weirton Medical Center, these can be:

  • heart disease;
  • inflammatory bowel diseases;
  • lung diseases;
  • liver disease;
  • thyroid disease;
  • HIV/AIDS.

Heart disease, which occurs when the blood flow that carries oxygen to the heart is interrupted, is the leading cause of heart attack. Its main symptoms are chest pressure or shortness of breath, but sometimes other symptoms can also manifest as the hippocratic fingers. Clubbing can be the result of low blood oxygen levels, which gradually deteriorate heart health. (Also read: This algorithm can predict if you will have a heart attack within 5 years thanks to AI)

Heart disease usually results from an accumulation of fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries. Blocked blood passages can cut off blood flow, putting an individual’s life at risk. Sometimes it can happen that an artery suddenly becomes clogged and this leads to a heart attack. Other negative consequences are dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

As soon as you notice this signal on your fingernails, act quickly because the longer the heart is deprived of oxygen, the greater the risk of death. A balanced diet (containing mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts) and consistent, regular exercise can improve heart and overall body health. Remember that red meat can increase the risk of heart attack (read more in the following article: Red meat: double the risk of heart attack, diabetes and cancer).

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Sources: National Health Service / Weirton Medical Center

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