Blocked arteries are always a concern when it comes to your health.
Unfortunately, symptoms of blocked arteries aren’t necessarily obvious until the worst-case scenario presents itself.
Your arteries are the largest, most muscular blood vessels that supply blood to the main areas of the body.
In general, there are arteries that supply blood directly to your heart, your brain, and your lower body.
You could think of your arteries as “highways”, or the big, main roads where all the important traffic is.
When one of these arteries is blocked significantly, the danger is quite high, since these vessels carry a LOT of blood to some pretty important places.
The question is, do you have symptoms of blocked arteries?
Your best bet for detecting symptoms is considering your risk factors. Ask yourself:
- Do you high blood pressure?
- Do you have high blood cholesterol?
- Are you diabetic or pre-diabetic?
- Do you smoke?
- Is there a lot of stress in your life?
- Do you lead a sedentary lifestyle?
- Do you have family history of cardiovascular issues?
Each of the above factors contributes something to create the “perfect storm” within your arteries, a place where plaque can easily build up and stay for good, eventually blocking your arteries.
The only real way you can stay on top of these symptoms is by taking ownership of your own health. To prevent blocked arteries:
-Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
-Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
-Quit smoking, don’t start smoking, and try to keep your distance from second-hand smoke.
-Learn about your family’s medical history. This will be beneficial to you, AND your doctor as they try to give you the best healthcare they can.
-Reduce the stress in your life. (You can read more about this here.)
-Get more exercise. There are a few easy ways to do this.
However, there are other symptoms of clogged arteries you don’t need a doctor to help recognize for you. These signs typically don’t lie when it comes to revealing blocked arteries:
• Tingling, numbness, or feeling cold in your hands, feet, arms, and legs could be an indicator of peripheral artery disease. This means that one or more of the arteries that carry blood to your extremities possibly has a significant blockage.
• Chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue all occur when arteries that supply blood to the heart become blocked. These are often signs of an oncoming heart attack, and should be taken seriously.
• Angina, which is often experienced as a pain or tightness in the chest, sometimes occurs during times of physical or emotional stress. Usually, angina subsides when the stress subsides.
If you have any of these symptoms of blocked arteries, you could be just a few short steps from these “symptoms” turning into “death traps”.
To put it simply, unless you take quick and serious action you’re at high risk for heart attack and stroke.
If you begin feeling symptoms of blocked arteries, it’s important you see your doctor immediately before your symptoms take you down a fatal path. If you know you might be at risk for artery blockage, here are a few preventative steps you can take: