If your arteries are not functioning properly, it is likely that you will encounter another kind of trauma in your body. It can lead to cardiovascular disease, and no treatment could end up putting your life in danger.
These include arthritis, vision loss, chronic pain and asthma, it is important to identify blocked arteries and treat them as soon as possible before other more serious health problems can occur. Here’s how to know if you have clogged arteries…
- Unusual folds on your ears
If you begin to notice strange folds on your ear all the way down to the earlobe, this could be one of the first symptoms of clogged arteries. This is a very strange sign, and many health professionals remain unaware why this happens.
While it is almost certainly a sign of clogged arteries, it would be wise to follow up with your doctor to find a working solution.
- Sore legs or feet
When you have an accumulation of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries, it can cause peripheral arterial disease. This can lead to a temporary or long term loss of sensation in a certain limb, usually the legs and feet, because of blood circulation failure in the ankles.
If you or someone you know has legs that are constantly tired after traveling a short distance, tell him to be examined for peripheral arterial disease, or perhaps other cardiovascular health problems.
- Calf pain
A condition known as arteriosclerosis causes a thickening of the artery walls, which can restrict blood flow to the legs and cause pain, or numbness in the calf or both.
Also, if you smoke, you increase the risk, and if you start to experience these symptoms, you should consult your doctor to assess your health and do some basic blood tests to be sure to recover well.
- Pain and general weakness in the back
The lower back is the first place where the symptoms of arterial blockage occur and reduced blood flow can weaken the spine and increase the risk of pinching a nerve. Back pain is becoming a growing problem in America with over 10% of people under 20 who are already experiencing chronic back pain.
“Take early action”
But the obstruction is not the only possible mechanism. Other times, a plaque ruptures suddenly, releasing its lipid content in the blood. Platelets immediately react to form a platelet thrombus (clot). It then causes, depending on its location, a myocardial infarction (heart attack) , stroke or a sudden ischemia (asphyxia) in a leg. Tobacco is particularly involved in the weakening of the atherosclerotic plaques.
Prof. Durlach says that “one must not forget that in the reduction of cardiovascular risk factors, the two major elements are regular physical activity and smoking cessation.” Professor Chris Packard from Glasgow University has invited his colleagues to “take early action”. According to him, “it is clearly too late when the patients already have advanced atherosclerosis or have already experienced cardiovascular events. Instead, we must act much earlier by changes in lifestyle to maximize the benefit of good healthy life.”
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