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Symptoms of Atherosclerosis
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Symptoms of atherosclerosis

Sometimes atherosclerosis does not cause any symptoms at all until the condition has progressed to an advanced (and dangerous) stage, when the artery is blocked to about 40%.

In some cases, the only symptoms are heart attack and stroke, when the blockage completely obstructs blood flow, or when some of the blood clot breaks up and travels to the heart or brain.

In general, symptoms of atherosclerosis depend on which of the arteries are affected by the blockage.


If the blockage occurs in the aorta (the heart's main artery) the major symptom is:

If the blockage occurs in the arteries leading to the brain, the main symptoms are:

If the blockage occurs in the main arteries of the legs or arms, the main symptoms are:


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  Last reviewed: 27 October 2007 || Last updated: 12 March 2009


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