Believe it or not, there is one little mark on your face that can actually predict heart disease. This marker is well known by doctors, but they might not tell you about it. It’s call xanthelasma and both men and women, especially after 40 years of age can develop this problem.
Xanthelasma shows itself as small yellowish colored bumps under the skin either on or around the eyelids. Sometimes it develops near the tear ducts on the inner corner of the eye; other types it appears on the eyelid itself.
Most people simply find these bumps unattractive and have them removed, but these are actually signs that you are most likely developing heart disease. These yellow colored growths are actually deposits of cholesterol and indicate that you have super high cholesterol levels.
Of course, this isn’t true in 100 percent of all cases, but more than 50 percent of those with these tell-tale bumps have been shown to be in various stages of the development of heart disease.
These little bumps are very deceiving as they cause no pain, they are soft and small, and they do not affect the vision. Some people just ignore them, while others have them removed, but few people take them as the warning sign that they really are!
Men are more prone to develop heart disease than women, and this study also found that men who had xanthelasma were at a 12 percent higher risk of having a heart attack, developing heart disease, and dying from a heart attack than men who did not have these deposits. Both women and men who had these cholesterol deposits were much more likely to have a heart attack during this 10 year study period and were likely to have more life-threatening events.
This study involved 13,000 subjects and continued for 10 years. This study found that xanthelasma was an excellent predictor of heart disease and heart attack, especially for those aged 55 and younger.
This increased risk was found to be completely independent of smoking, obesity, gender, or high blood pressure readings. These studies are a very valuable tool for doctors to immediately assess a patient who comes into their office and possibly prevent future heart attacks.
Of course, regular checkups by your doctor are important for everyone, however, if you notice these yellow bumps or deposits on the eyelids or the inner corner of the eye near the tear duct, see your doctor right away.