Diseases

Atherosclerosis: the symptoms

As has been said, atherosclerosis can develop for many years, without causing any particular symptoms. Then the day the atheroma plaque (s) become too thick or come off ... symptoms occur.

Atherosclerosis will have different consequences depending on the artery it affects. The symptoms are localized.

If one or more arteries irrigating the brain are concerned, it is this organ that is likely to suffer.

When a piece of carotid atherosclerotic plaque comes off and migrates to a vessel of the brain, then there may be a stroke.

When an atheroma plaque is located at the level of the femoral artery in one leg, there is a risk of arteritis, very painful. The consequences are claudication ... even amputation.

The heart is also the preferred target of atherosclerosis, especially coronary arteries. In this case, the rupture of the plate causes pain, it is angina pectoris or myocardial infarction. In the long term, myocardial infarction can lead to heart failure due to a lack of oxygenation of the heart muscle.

More rarely, there can also be a mesenteric infarction when the artery that irrigates the intestine is affected.

Depending on the organs involved in atherosclerosis, certain examinations will be necessary to confirm the diagnosis of a stroke.

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