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6 signs of clogged arteries

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On Monday, you will face a pile of rubble. The gap is narrow enough to drive through.

On Tuesday, you walk down the tunnel and find a huge boulder blocking the entire tunnel. There are no gaps.

Now translate these examples into your health. The sinuses are the arteries that carry blood to the heart. Chips and gravel are potentially problematic blockages – manifested by symptoms.

Clogged tunnels are not good for traffic, and clogged roads are not good for the heart.

In heart disease, stones are called chronic complete obstruction (CTO). This means that the artery is completely blocked. It occurs in 15-20% of patients with heart disease. Sometimes there was a complete blockage for months or even years. But only 3-5% of these patients undergo supportive or bypass surgery, so there is a real need to help untreated patients.

Undiagnosed or untreated CTO can cause symptoms and affect quality of life.

Effect of total density
Arterial occlusion occurs irregularly. A 97% blockage is easier to treat than a chronic 100% blockage. Symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and shortness of breath may be similar.

Sometimes, when the vessels become completely blocked, new blood flows around the blockage. This new blood supply, called collateral, doesn’t supply your heart with as much blood. This can lead to symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath.

If you experience these symptoms, a stress test can help determine whether it’s caused by a blocked artery or something else. The first step is to see a doctor.

care or treatment
15 years ago, we had one way to treat chronic blockages – check the thread from the frontal blockage. These procedures are 70% to 75% effective, so some doctors do not recommend the treatment.

Today we have many treatment options. Sometimes we can overcome obstacles or push back with our hearts. Now we see 90% – 95% success rate.

It is important to know that 100% blocked arteries are treatable.

therapeutic benefits
Patients should understand that successful treatment will reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Clinical studies are underway to monitor the long-term results of this type of treatment, but so far we are seeing very consistent results.

Most doctors refer you to CTO when you need to treat COPD. UT Southwestern has the potential to become a center of excellence for CTO care.

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