Patient :Just got done running for the first time in a few weeks and I looked down and my knuckles and hands were turning blue. I've had an echo cardio gram for heart palpitations in the past along with numerous ekgs and everything came back normal. My RHR is normally about 52. what could this be?
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What you are describing seems to be cyanosis of the fingers. This can be seen in some people. And it is not a very drastic symptom. Here are a few symptoms that can accompany blue hands:
Fast shallow breaths
If you have chest pain or Difficulty breathing, you may be having a heart related issue and you need to go to the ER immediately.
Here are possible causes of the blueness in fingers:
Heart wall defects
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
In your case, I believe that you got the blue fingers due to the cold. But the other causes are also possible. Here is what you can do to confirm a diagnosis:
Since ECG is normal, get respiratory tests done to check for lung disorders like asthma and bronchitis.
Get the Doctor to check for vascular disorders like Raynaud's disease
The resting Heart Rate is less than the normal 60 to 100 in some people because they are fit. In some athletes like Indurain, it was found to be 29 beats per minute. This is nothing to be alarmed about.
Do follow up with any and all additional symptoms you have had.
Thank you and wishing you the best.
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