Symptoms of blocked arteries
Blocked arteries are very dangerous because the blockage affects the flow of oxygen rich blood through the arteries to the vital organs in the body including the heart and the brain. So how do you know that you have blocked arteries, what are the symptoms blocked arteries.
Depending on where the blockage is in the body you may have these symptoms:
- Chest pain Leg pain
- Shortness of breath
- Extreme tiredness
- Heart palpitations
- Abnormal sweating
What are Arteries?
An artery is simply a blood vessel whose primary function is to carry oxygen rich blood to all parts of the body, the main arteries are the aorta coming out of the heart, the coronary arteries go to the heart and the carotid artery is in the neck. There are in excess of twenty major arteries in the body, these branch out into hundreds of smaller arteries called capillaries and veins,
In an adult there are more than 100,000 miles of arteries and veins in the human body.
This circulatory system comprises your heart in the centre,it is the pumping mechanism to distribute oxygen rich blood and nutrients throughout the body, a sign of poor circulation would be colds hands and feet, other signs would include varicose veins, foot and leg pain, numbness, migraine or dizziness.
If poor circulation is left untreated it may lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, kidney damage as well as other diseases. Blocked or clogged arteries is caused by a build-up of plaque and cholesterol, it can increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.
What causes arterial plaque?
Plaque accumulates and sticks to the inner walls of the arteries, plaque is made up of a variety of substances circulating in the blood.These substances include:
Calcium Fat Cholesterol
Fibrin Cellular waste
Heart Disease Causes
Heart disease can be caused by cholesterol plaque that start off sticking to the artery walls and grow larger over a period of years. This growth of cholesterol plaque causes a blockage and slows the blood flow to the arteries, unfortunately for some people the cholesterol plaque can rupture without any warning causing a blood clot over the rupture leading you a heart attack or stroke.
The leading cause of death in the USA are blood clots caused by plaque build-up leading to blocked arteries. By reducing cholesterol along with other risk factors such as smoking, obesity and alcohol can help to slow down plaque formation.
Atherosclerosis It is a gradual process and leads to a progressive narrowing of the arterial walls, when the narrowing reaches a pivotal point a range of symptoms can occur:
In the heart:
- Chest pain Angina
- Chest tightness
- Shortage of breath
- Extreme tiredness
In the brain
In the legs
- Peripheral artery disease
- Leg pain Numbness
- Cold feet
- Weight loss
- Food intolerance
- Intestinal gangrene
- Kidney failure
Blocked Artery treatment
The traditional methods for blocked arteries include stenting, angioplasty or bypass surgery. An angiogram is the preferred method of discovering where the blockage is and how severe it is, a blockage of more than 70% is considered severe and may require a catheter to be inserted through the radial artery in the wrist or through the femoral artery in the groin area. a dye is injected into the arterial system.
This procedure is known as cardiac catheterization, the surgeon can see where the artery is blocked on a monitor, a small balloon will be inflated to squeeze the cholesterol plaque in the blocked area.
A small coated tube called a stent is inserted within the blocked area allowing blood to flow more easily, over time the stent will integrate into the arterial wall, the coating on the stent keeps the plaque from sticking to it or blocking the artery again.
Bypass surgery is a lot more complicated compared to angioplasty, there are more risks involved so this method is reserved for people with a much higher level of blockage in the arteries caused by cholesterol plaques.
The surgeon will have to find a healthy blood vessel elsewhere in the leg or chest, an incision will be made there, and the healthy blood vessel will be inserted after a further incision in the chest area is made to circumvent the blocked artery, there will be scarring afterwards. This method does not come without risks:
- Risk of bleeding
- Blood clot Infection
- Reaction to the anaesthetic.
Our recommendation for blocked arteries
We recommend that you try Nattokinase for blocked arteries because:
During a recent scientific study of 82 patients that were divided into two groups one group was given a statin drug and the other group were given Nattokinase over a 26 week period, the results showed that Nattokinase was clearly a better method of reducing arterial plaque build-up compared to the statin alternative, Nattokinase reduced plaque size by 36.6% in that patient group compared to a 11.5% plaque reduction in the statin group.
Nattokinase is a natural product without long term side effects unlike statin drugs Nattokinase is derived from Natto a soya bean, it has been a staple diet of the Japanese people for thousands of years, interestingly Japanese people have 10 times less arterial blockage that people in the Western world. Nattokinase is relatively readily available and inexpensive to buy,