Plaque in arteries can narrow or sometimes block them completely reducing or completely stopping the blood flow. Blocked arteries symptoms depend on the type of artery that is blocked.
Often there are no blocked arteries symptoms until the person experiences a heart attack or a stroke. Other times symptoms can appear as pain, mini-strokes and blood circulation problems.
Here are the top 5 blocked arteries symptoms specific to different arteries:
1. Major symptom of blocked coronary artery (blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart) is angina (chest pain). This symptom can signify high risk of a heart attack. Chest pain can also be accompanied with nausea, dizziness, sweating and shortness of breath.
2. TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) or mini-stroke is major symptom of carotid artery blockage. Carotid arteries supply blood to the face and major front part of the brain. Blockage in these arteries can result in stroke or sometimes called brain attack. Some symptoms of TIA include loss of or blurred vision one side, weakness, difficulty in maintaining balance, speaking or swallowing, confusion and dizziness etc.
3. Leg pain and numbness after walking, feet infections and wounds that take more time to heal, cold feet, cramps after walking can signify blockages in peripheral arteries (blood vessels that supply oxygenated blood to body parts that are farthest from the heart like hands, legs and feet).
4. Secondary hypertension (high blood pressure) that does not respond to treatments is often a symptom associated with renal artery disease. This disease occurs when the arteries that carry blood to the kidneys get clogged with plaque.
5. One of the blocked arteries symptoms is revealed during physical exam. Your doctor might listen for an abnormal blood flow through the arteries. A sound that is called bruit indicates abnormal flow in the arteries and can signify blockage.
If you have had experienced the above symptoms, your doctor may perform a few tests to check the extent of the blockage and suggest appropriate treatments for unclogging arteries.