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Sunday, June 12, 2016

"Do I Have Clogged Arteries?" -- 5 Ways You Can Tell

Every year, more than 700,000 people in the U.S. develop coronary heart disease (CHD), and almost 400,000 people die from it. Clogged arteries can lead to a heart attack by blocking blood supply to the heart muscle tissue. But how do you know you have clogged arteries? Here are 5 ways you can tell.

5 signs of clogged arteries

  1. Pain in lower back: This is often one of the first symptoms of clogged arteries. It is caused by the reduced blood flow to the back which weakens the disks between the vertebrae. This can cause painful herniated disks and pinched nerves, and lower back pain.
  2. Pain in the calves and lower legs: Clogged arteries can reduce blood flow to the legs, causing calf pain. This can particularly occur with people who smoke.
  3. Erectile dysfunction: Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) may have clogged arteries. Clogged arteries means poor blood flow, and this can include the penis.
  4. Creases in the ear: According to medical reports, ear creases that run diagonally from the ear canal to the lower edge of the earlobe can indicate clogged arteries.
  5. Leg and feet pain: Leg pain, often called Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), can be caused by a buildup of cholesterol and plaque, causing pain in the legs and feet. It can become serious enough to lead to amputation.

If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor right away. There are many tests that can be done in order to diagnose clogged arteries and get medical attention that will prevent more serious harm, like a heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease.

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