Signs You May Have Clogged Arteries

by Shelby

We have to keep our bodies performing at their peak, or at least try. The most essential part of the body is probably the cardiovascular system. If you want anything to be performing well, you’ll have to start there.

In the United States alone, over 700,000 people suffer from a heart attack every year! Almost 400,000 people die from it annually. It is crucial to your health to keep your arteries clear and free of clogs. If your coronary arteries narrow, it can become difficult for them to supply oxygen rich blood to the rest of your body. Once plaque starts to build up in your arteries it only gets worse if you don’t make a lifestyle change. It is important to keep note of your cardiovascular health because early detection is always the key. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you need to see a health professional immediately.

Clogged arteries in your arms and legs can lead to a serious condition known as Peripheral Arterial Disease. Symptoms of this condition are muscle cramping in the hips, calves, or thighs. Other symptoms often associated with the disease is hair loss on the legs and changes in toenails! The color of your legs might also change.

Clogged arteries can be caused by lots of different things. Smoking is a known cause of clogged arteries because the chemicals in cigarettes damage blood vessels, raises blood pressure, and raises cholesterol levels. Other known causes of clogged arteries are consuming extensive amounts of processed and greasy foods, lack of physical activity, obesity, elevated protein levels, family history, and high blood glucose levels.

Symptoms of Clogged Arteries Include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Leg pain
  • Delayed healing of injuries to the feet
  • Cold feet
  • Gangrene

If you find yourself with clogged arteries, do not panic. All it takes is a lifestyle change to beat this serious health issue. Avoid cigarette smoke from both firsthand and secondhand, stop eating fast food, and eat lots of natural foods packed full of nutrients and vitamins. You should also engage in physical activity every day. It doesn’t have to be an hour long workout session either. Just be more active, go for a walk or ride a bike!

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