As plaque builds up in arteries, it slowly constricts the flow of blood. If left unchecked, a stroke or heart attack may be the end result. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicne (PCRM) reports that many people have blockages formed in their arteries during their 20s.
High cholesterol and foods high in saturated fat are only part of the problem. A lack of inactivity and unhealthy lifestyles are also to blame for clogged arteries. Add in genetic factors as well. Here are 5+ signs that you should know that may be telling you your arteries are clogged.
1. Leg pain. If you notice leg pain or your legs seem to tire easily when walking, the Cleveland Clinic says this could be a sign of clogged arteries.
2. Shortness of breath. If the arteries that feed the coronary arteries are clogged, WebMD reports you might notice shortness of breath when walking or working.
3. Severe headaches. NIH MedlinePlus says that if you start to have severe, unexplained headaches, they could be a sign of clogged arteries.
4. Erectile dysfunction. Surprisingly, erectile dysfunction may be a sign, according to PCRM, as blood flow to the penis is cut off due to the clog in the arteries in the legs.
5. Cold feet. If the clogged artery is in the lower extremity, WebMDreports you may notice your feet are colder than normal.
6. Lower back pain. According to PCRM, chronic lower back pain is often an early warning sign of clogged arteries.
7. Lack of balance. If the carotid artery is being clogged, NIH MedlinePlus states that dizziness and a lack of balance may be noticed.
8. Jaw tightness. The symptoms for women are often different than men. According to everyday health, women may notice a “feeling of tightness in the jaw.”
9. Fatigue. Another warning sign for women, says everyday health, is experiencing unexplained fatigue.
By knowing the warning signs, you may be able to prevent a stroke or heart attack. If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment with your doctor to have them checked out.