Arteries are like pipes throughout your body that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to different tissues and organs of the body.
Healthy arteries have smooth inner walls and blood moves through them easily. Clogged arteries result from the build up of plaque along the arterial walls.
Plaque can buildup in coronary, carotid, peripheral and renal arteries. It is made up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the blood that ultimately harden and narrow your arteries. This restricts the flow of oxygen-rich blood to organs and other parts of your body.
Although the exact trigger of clogged arteries is unknown, contributing factors include increasing age, high cholesterol, high triglycerides (a type of fat, or lipid, in your blood), high blood pressure, obesity, excessive smoking, diabetes, inflammatory disease, and a family history of hardening of the arteries.
Plaque buildup in the arteries is slow and progressive. It may even begin as early as childhood.
As clogged arteries increase the likelihood of coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), strokes and even death, it is essential to know the symptoms so that you can treat the problem before it leads to serious consequences.
Here are the 10 possible signs and symptoms of clogged arteries you need to know. continue reading on the next page