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Arteriosclerosis Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of arteriosclerosis

Many times, people with arteriosclerosis have any symptoms until an artery is 40% clogged with plaque. Symptoms vary depending upon which arteries are affected.

Coronary Artery Disease

Symptoms of coronary artery disease (where the heart arteries are narrowed) are usually brought on by physical exercise, sexual activity, exposure to cold weather, anger, or stress. The most common symptoms include:

  • Chest pain (generally a heavy, squeezing, or crushing sensation with possible burning or stabbing pains)
  • Abdominal, neck, back, jaw, or shoulder/arm pain
  • Weakness
  • Perspiration
  • Shortness of breath

Cerebrovascular Disease

Cerebrovascular disease (where the arteries that supply the brain with blood) are narrowed) can cause transient ischemic attack (a sudden loss of brain function with complete recovery within 24 hours) and stroke. Symptoms may include:

  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Loss of vision in one eye
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sudden trouble walking
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease affects the arteries that supply the arms and legs with oxygen-rich blood. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain, aching, cramps, numbness or sense of fatigue in the leg muscles (intermittent claudication)
  • “Bruits” (blowing sounds your doctor can hear with a stethoscope that indicate turbulence in blood flow)
  • Hair loss
  • Thickened nails
  • Smooth, shiny skin surface
  • Skin that is cold to the touch
  • Gangrene

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