10 Clogged Arteries Symptoms

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Clogged arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, cause nearly 450,000 deaths per year in America alone. The condition results in almost a million stent replacement surgeries. Clogged arteries occur when plaque, which comprises calcium, fat, and other substances, accumulates in the blood and gets stuck to the walls of the arteries.

As plaque builds up, it can become increasingly difficult for oxygen-rich blood to reach the body's tissues and organs. In some cases, the blood is stopped altogether, which may result in a heart attack or cardiac arrest. Lifestyle changes and medical interventions are commonly required to reverse the effects of clogged arteries.

Chest Pain

When the blood has difficulty making its way through the arteries due to plaque buildup, it can create pressure. This pressure can result in pain known as angina, and if it's not carefully managed, it may lead to a heart attack. Coronary artery disease and coronary microvascular disease may both cause angina.

Angina itself isn't a disease but a symptom of a problem in the arteries. There are also different types of angina, such as Prinzmetal's angina, microvascular angina, stable or unstable angina and variant angina. The risk of angina may increase with an unhealthy lifestyle, inactivity, smoking and diabetes.1‘Angina (Chest Pain).’ Www.heart.org, www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/angina-chest-pain

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