Blocked Arteries? - Can they be harmful. Yes, because the lack of oxygen due to a slower flow of blood through the arteries will cause damage to the heart muscle. This will limit your capacity to enjoy life and even eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke.
How do you know if you have blocked Arteries?
I think most people would be unaware that they have a problem because the various signs can be associated with other discomforts or disorders of the body. Sometimes there is also the possibility that the family doctor can also misread the information that the patient gives.
Or the patient may present with a number of symptoms that they describe in such a way that the doctor has difficulty in deciding what exactly the patient is suffering from. Some people find it hard to describe the various symptoms they have in an adequate way and as time passes the disease is progressing quickly, particularly in the later stages so that it may be too late and the person may have heart attack.
What are the Signs of blocked Arteries?
It is worth noting that there are a large number of symptoms that are not noted by the person with Coronary Artery Disease as being of any significance.
-snoozing often during the day,
-discomfort in the center of to the left of the chest (sometimes described as irritation),
-daily heartburn or indigestion,
-tightening of the area around the jaws,
-discomfort when exercising,
-sharp pain in the head in cold weather,
-lack of concentration,
-poor sleep pattern,
-forgetfulness and/or mood swings,
-lack of interest in day to day family life,
-an inability to sexually perform,
-no enthusiasm for new things
-not accepting any changes in any area of living
These are just a few symptoms but there are others less obvious. The person with the disease will not notice the majority of these symptoms but family members will become aware of them over time. But without adding at least three or four of them together family members may miss the pointers. Meanwhile the disease is progressing and may result in a heart attack or a stroke.
At this point, it is worth noting that the person may have been very active, eaten a good diet and may never have had any health problems during their lifetime. They can be of normal weight for their age and height, have lead a very active healthy exercise lifestyle, have no substance abuse and may only become aware that something is wrong when they suffer from discomfort when exercising. Yet their normal daily activities (apart from physical exercises) may cause no problems and not give any cause for concern.
Anyone who notes any combination of the above symptoms and who may have a family history of sudden death due to heart failure or family members with angina should ask that their family doctor send them for a physical stress test at least once a year.
It is better to know you have a problem before a heart attack or a stroke and have treatment while the heart muscle is in good condition. Once you have a heart attack or stroke your heart is damaged and there is very little can be done to repair it. It is much better to have the 'stent' inserted in the Artery or Arteries or by-pass surgery' done before you the heart attack and give yourself the change of many years of vitality.
Heart Surgery is for many very terrifying and is a very difficult procedure. It can take anything from 4 to 6 weeks to recover and it is a very difficult time. But if you have the operation done before a heart attack. then there is every reason to expect a full recovery and a very normal life afterwards.
Always consult your family doctor and take a family member along to help you to articulate your observations and ask them to help you note other symptoms that are not obvious to you. They may know more about your family health history than you are aware of and this can be very useful to your doctor in deciding which health checks should be done in the first instance.