Wat are the symptoms of blockage in the arteries?

Not Medical Advice: Arterial blockage refers to a condition that can affect arteries in different areas of the body, most specifically in the heart (i.e., coronary arteries), the legs, and in the eyes (the central retinal arteries).

Common symptoms of blocked arteries in the heart may include shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, increased heart rate, heart palpitations, sweating, dizziness, and weakness. Symptoms that are sometimes more common in women than in men include chest discomfort, fatigue, and pain in the back or in the left arm. Coronary artery blockage is a common cause of heart attack.

Common symptoms with arterial blockage in the legs may include foot ulcers, gangrene, and pain when resting or walking; some, however, do not experience any symptoms. Circulatory blockage in the legs may be a sign of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and can be very dangerous; people with any of these symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

Arterial blockage in the central retinal artery of the eye may cause partial or complete vision loss. Vision loss may also occur with blockage in the central retinal vein as well over the course of days or a week. In either case, the symptoms should be treated immediately as serious conditions such as glaucoma or bleeding may result.

Of interest, there's a new procedure called carotid stenting that can help people with blocked arteries in the neck who are at risk for a stroke. A small tube, or stent is inserted into the patient’s carotid artery allowing blood to pass through more slowly, helping to reduce the risk of a stroke. Find out more from the Arizona Daily Sun.

Updated on Monday, May 12 2014 at 12:00AM EDT
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