Clogged arteries reduce blood flow to organs and can lead to serious illness.
It has been established that more than half of people who are already 45 years old and older suffer from atherosclerosis, but do not know about it. This disease is very common and dangerous because it can affect most of the arteries in the body, including the arteries of the heart, brain, arms and legs. Left untreated, atherosclerosis can lead to heart failure, stroke, or peripheral arterial disease.
The risks of getting a history of atherosclerosis increase if a person smokes, neglects physical activity, eats a lot of fatty, sugary foods, has high cholesterol levels, or is overweight. An important factor is age: in men over 45 and women over 55, blockage of the arteries is diagnosed most often.
What are the symptoms of clogged arteries?
In the medical literature, atherosclerosis is described as a process in which fatty deposits (plaques) build up on the walls of the arteries. These plaques harden and narrow, thereby restricting the normal flow of blood to the organs. Clogged arteries can be indicated by shortness of breath, fatigue, cramps, or discomfort in the legs, especially when walking or exercising. At the same time, the symptoms of atherosclerosis can develop gradually, moreover, they can very much resemble signs of heart disease. Therefore, you do not need to delay with the advice of a specialist.
John White, MPH, told ETNT that there are tests to determine the degree of arterial blockage, including ultrasound, CT scans and angiograms. To confirm or exclude the diagnosis, the doctor will prescribe a blood test for cholesterol, sugar and other indicators that will help find out whether there is inflammation in the body or not. In addition, you will need to sign up for an ECG.
Earlier, the network edition “Teacher’s newspaper” said that the load on the arteries increases with an excess of sodium in the body, as well as how clear blood vessels of cholesterol without diet or medication. Researchers figured outthat with heavy snoring, if it lasts more than half of sleep, the risk of developing atherosclerosis doubles.