Hardening of the arteries does not cause symptoms until blood flow to part of the body becomes slowed or blocked. If the arteries supplying the heart become narrow, blood flow can slow down or stop. This can cause chest pain (stable angina), shortness of breath, and other symptoms.
Also asked, what are the early signs and symptoms of atherosclerosis?
Common symptoms of atherosclerosis include:
- Chest pain (angina)
- Pain in the leg, arm, and anywhere else that an artery is blocked.
- Shortness of breath.
- Confusion (if the blockage affects circulation to the brain)
- Muscle weakness in the legs from lack of circulation.
How do you reverse hardening of the arteries?
The following are some ways to do this:
- Eat more fiber. Replace white breads and pastas with whole grains.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
- Eat healthy fats.
- Limit dietary cholesterol.
- Avoid trans fats and limit saturated fats.
- Limit your sodium intake.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
What causes thinning of the arteries?
Carotid artery disease is the thinning of the carotid arteries, the two main blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain. Plaque build-up can lead to the thinning of an artery. It can even cause complete blockage of an artery. There are often no symptoms of carotid artery disease.