Arterial blockages can cut off blood supply to different parts of your body. The location of the blockage or blockage determines the signs and symptoms. Arteries carry blood full of oxygen and nutrients to every cell in your body. When this supply is cut off for any reason, you may experience symptoms, which may vary in degree. Some tissues and organs can withstand the decrease in blood supply and regenerate, while others die. This article explores the main types of artery blockages, where they can occur, and what symptoms you may experience.
It covers the tests and treatments you can expect if you have a blocked artery. What are the early signs and symptoms of arterial blockage? When you think of clogged arteries, the first thing that comes to mind is the heart, and for good reason. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common form of heart disease in the United States. It occurs when the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart narrow and become blocked over time. These blockages are usually caused by fatty deposits that form plaque.
Plaques can grow to the point where blood cannot flow, or pieces of the plaque can break off and settle in other blood vessels. Another common type of arterial blockage is stroke. Ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage similar to CAD, but this blockage occurs in the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to your brain. Seconds count in both CAD and ischemic stroke. Without oxygen, your heart and brain cells die quickly, causing permanent damage. Coronary artery blockages usually cause heart attacks, while strokes cause neurological symptoms.
Symptoms of coronary artery occlusion Symptoms of coronary artery blockage include: chest pain that radiates to the neck, jaw, arms, and back sweating Shortness of breath dizziness fainting (sudden fainting) Symptoms of cerebral artery occlusion Symptoms of cerebral artery occlusion are: face drooping rude talk balance problem visual changes fainting The symptoms of a stroke are very specific to the specific part of the brain where blood flow is interrupted. After these tissues are damaged, the function of those parts is not restored. Similarly, blocked arteries in other parts of the body will cause specific symptoms in that area. For example, peripheral artery occlusion can cause swelling in the legs and feet, while retinal artery occlusion can cause vision changes. Arteries carry blood to all the organs and tissues of your body.
If you notice symptoms that are debilitating or debilitating in any part of your body, discuss these symptoms with a medical professional as soon as possible. Unusual symptoms include: skin color change changes in urination back pain cold hands or feet impotence Chest pain, shortness of breath, and fainting are examples of symptoms that require immediate medical attention.