Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood and nutrients from the heart throughout the body. The blood circulating in the arteries is essential for the proper functioning of the body because it provides the oxygen necessary for tissue life. If an artery is blocked, the organ it irrigates is threatened.
What is a blocked artery?
Clogged or blocked arteries, known as Atherosclerosis, is a disease characterized by the accumulation of a substance of waxy consistency, called plaque, inside the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply the heart muscle with oxygenated blood.
Plaque buildup in the arteries develops over several years, and over time, the plaque may harden or break: once hardened, it causes narrowing of the coronaries, which can significantly reduce the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart; if the plaque breaks on its surface, a thrombus can develop. A large thrombus can obstruct or completely obstruct the flow through the coronary artery. Over time, even the cracked plaque hardens and contracts the arteries.
Heart failure and arrhythmias:
The symptoms of an arterial obstruction depend on its location. Over time, coronary heart disease can weaken the heart muscle and lead to heart failure and arrhythmias: Heart failure is the condition in which the heart can not pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body.Arrhythmias are changes in the frequency or rhythm of heartbeats.
Blocked arteries can lead to hypertension, strokes, or even death, so it is vital to understand the signs and symptoms of blocked arteries. The severity of symptoms, however, is variable and may increase in intensity with progressive narrowing of the coronary artery resulting from plaque deposition.
Here are the 10 main symptoms and alarm signals of blocked arteries:
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