- In your heart arteries, you may have symptoms, such as chest pain or pressure (angina). This is what sent me to the hospital for the ballooning of several arteries and placing a stent in another artery. This is also when diabetes was diagnosed.
- In the arteries leading to your brain, you may have signs and symptoms such as sudden numbness or weakness in your arms or legs, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, or drooping muscles in your face. These signal a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which, if left untreated, may progress to a stroke.
- In the arteries in your arms and legs, you may have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, such as leg pain when walking (intermittent claudication).
- In the arteries leading to your kidneys, you develop high blood pressure or kidney failure.
- In the arteries leading to your genitals,
you may have difficulties having sex. Sometimes, atherosclerosis
can cause erectile dysfunction in men. In women, high blood
pressure can reduce blood flow to the vagina, making sex less
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol, often from getting too much cholesterol or saturated fats in your diet
- High triglycerides, a type of fat (lipid) in your blood
- Smoking and other sources of tobacco
- Inflammation from diseases, such as arthritis, lupus, diabetes, infections, or inflammation of unknown cause