Cutaneous signs of coronary artery disease

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Abstract

The skin can serve as an important sign of underlying coronary artery disease (CAD). The recognition of the cutaneous signs of CAD can lead to the diagnosis and treatment of several diseases known to be risk factors for CAD, ie, diabetes mellitus. In addition, the recognition of risk factors that the patient has little or no control over, such as the ear lobe crease may serve as an added incentive for patients to modify their lifestyles with regard to factors that they can control, such as cigarette smoking. The recognition of the cutaneous signs of CAD should prompt the clinician to seek a more detailed history for the classical signs and symptoms of CAD. These patients should probably have an electrocardiogram done for the purpose of establishing a baseline. When a history is elicited that is consistent with CAD, a cardiac stress test should be considered. Pending the results of these studies, other types of cardiac workup may be warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-220
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Volume22
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Coronary Artery Disease
Skin
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Exercise Test
Signs and Symptoms
Ear
Life Style
Motivation
Diabetes Mellitus
Electrocardiography
Smoking
Therapeutics

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Cutaneous signs of coronary artery disease. / Wagner, Richard; Wagner, Karen.

In: International Journal of Dermatology, Vol. 22, No. 4, 1983, p. 215-220.

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