What are the Symptoms of Blocked Arteries?
Most people are totally unaware that they could have blocked arteries, simply because most of the symptoms of blocked arteries can be likened to other problems or disregarded, many people find it difficult to describe their symptoms to the Doctor which invariably ends up as a misdiagnosis, meaning all the time the actual disease is progressing rapidly.
Here are some of the symptoms of blocked arteries but this list is by no means conclusive.
- General tiredness and napping through the day. – Many people put this down to old age but it need not be.
- Pain or discomfort in the middle to the left of the chest – Can be thought of as indigestion
- Frequent heartburn
- The inability to concentrate
- Profuse sweating
- Hands, arms or legs go to sleep or feel cold
- Memory loss and mood swings
- On slight exertion you get breathless
- Leg aches or pain when walking
- A sharp head pain during cold weather
- The inability to concentrate
- Being easily irritable
- A lack of interest and no enthusiasm for anything new
- Not accepting changes in any area of living
Artery blockage for most of us is generally a gradual process which happens over the years, the symptoms of blocked arteries can be mild at first, or even go unnoticed, an example being a feeling of pressure in the chest which gets worse with exertion due to a decrease in oxygen supply to the heart. This will go away after resting for a while and so the problem is often forgotten about and so the process of the disease continues.
The real danger here during the progression of the disease is that calcium plaque is building up throughout the arterial system, if a fragment of plaque breaks off in the artery it will travel through the bloodstream until it hits a narrow spot where it cannot pass, this creates a blockage which in turn leads to more severe problems. If it lodges in a coronary artery it can result in a heart attack. If it happens in one of the carotid (neck) arteries it will result in a stroke, needless to say wherever it lodges the results could be fatal.
Symptoms of Blocked Arteries in the Legs
More often than not artery blockage of the legs is a gradual process. The first symptoms of blocked arteries in the legs is leg pains when trying to walk uphill or on walking farther than you generally do. The pain or discomfort may be noticed in the upper legs, the calves, ankles, or feet, the pain usually subsides with rest. However as the condition progresses even walking short distances may not be possible and eventually the pain may be experienced even when sitting or lying down. In the long term this reduced circulation in the legs may affect toenail growth or body hair.
Symptoms of Blocked Arteries – Aortic
The lower aorta is the largest abdominal artery, this artery splits into two where it feeds both the left and right iliac arteries, if this develops a blockage at the point where the artery splits to feed the legs, the symptoms described for leg blockages above, will occur in both legs instead of one, the pain may also travel to the buttocks.
Symptoms of Blocked Renal/Kidney Arteries
If a blockage occurs to an artery which feeds a kidney it will cause an intense pain in the side, this can lead to kidney failure and you should seek medical assistance immediately.
The above are not the only parts of the body that can suffer from artery disease but they are the most common, if you suspect or experience any symptoms of blocked arteries you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
Surgery for blocked arteries
Heart Surgery is a frightening experience and takes between 6 and 8 weeks convalescence, it is certainly a big reality check and a stressful time to go through for everyone involved. The procedure is to place a metal stent in the artery at the point of the blockage, this is then inflated by a small balloon which presses the calcium plaque against the artery wall, opening the blockage to restore the blood flow. The plaque is not removed from your body, it is simply pressed to the artery wall to make an opening, you still have artery disease and the procedure will more often than not have to be repeated.
Chelation Therapy can help to unblock veins and arteries and reverse the symptoms of blocked arteries, with Chelation Therapy the calcium plaque is gradually dissolved and passed through the urine, Chelation also reaches all of the arteries and capillaries which are inaccessible by surgery. Learn more about Cardio Renew Chelation Therapy here.
Together with Cardio Renew EDTA, having a regular exercise regime and adopting a healthy diet you can reverse the symptoms of blocked arteries.