Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer in America? Every year, over 610,000 people die from heart disease. And right now, over 78 million people have some sort of heart diseases. And one of the most common causes of heart disease is a blockage in the arteries caused by high cholesterol and a build-up of plaque. Quite simply, a blocked artery is a ticking time bomb for a future heart attack. At Metro Vascular Centers, we specialize in detecting these blocked arteries and helping patients improve their overall heart health and improved blood circulation. Here is what you need to know about block arteries.
Why Do Block Arteries Adversely Affect the Body?
Your arteries carry oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. That includes carrying oxygen to vital parts of the body such as the brain, kidneys, and muscles. If your arteries are blocked, important parts of your body become deprived of oxygen. That leads to a weaker body which can also include a stroke.
What Are the Signs of Block Arteries?
There are a number of symptoms that can be caused by a blockage in the arteries. That can include everything from shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness, dizziness, sweating or nausea. If you or someone you love have experienced any of these symptoms on a regular basis, then they may have blocked arteries. At Metro Vascular Centers, we can investigate these symptoms and detect any blocked arteries. Early detection can allow us to treat the blockage before a more serious health event happens.
How Are Block Arteries Treated?
At Metro Vascular Centers, we take a number of approaches in order to treat a blockage in the arteries. One of the most common treatments is Angioplasty. With Angioplasty, the doctor makes a tiny incision to the body to inflate a balloon at the site of the blockage. This allows the artery to expand to allow better blood flow around the plaque. Another common treatment is the insertion of a stent. With this procedure, a plastic or metal tube is inserted to a duct or blood vessel to ensure continuous blood flow.
Metro Vascular Centers has helped treat thousands of patients with restricted blood flow in their arteries. This has helped prevent a number of heart attacks and strokes. However, early detection and treatment are critical. If you are someone you love have symptoms of artery blockage, make an appointment with a vascular specialist to treat the blockage immediately.