Xanthelasmata are small yellow patches on eyelids that indicate a significantly increased risk of the person having a heart attack.
Your eyelids are a more accurate predictor of heart attack risk than blood tests, according to a recent study presented by Danish scientists at the American heart Association‘s yearly meeting.
Cholesterol deposits on or around your eyelids, called xanthelasmata, predict cardiovascular risk long before anything abnormal shows up in blood tests. The Danish study revealed that some people have normal blood cholesterol levels, yet they had xanthelasmata, which indicates a significantly increased risk of the person having a future heart attack.
Xanthelasmata are small patches of sharply demarked yellow bumps on or near the eyelids. The yellowish color is a collection of cholesterol under the skin and is easily visible by looking in the mirror. Xanthelasmatas are not painful and can be removed, but removal of the yellow bumps does not reduce the risk of heart attacks.
People with xanthelasmata warning signs on their eyelids also have a lower survival rate after having a heart attack.