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What are warning signs and symptoms of atherosclerosis?

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Atherosclerosis can cause three serious conditions, and each has its own warning signs:

  • Coronary artery disease: Chest pain when you’re active, or angina. It's often described as tightness and usually goes away with rest. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath or fatigue.
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA): A hard time speaking and weakness on one side
  • Peripheral arterial disease: Poor circulation in your legs, pain in the calf muscles when you walk, poor wound healing, or weak pulses in your feet

From: Diagnosing Atherosclerosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lorenz, M., , 2007. Circulation

Yusuf, S., , 2004. Lancet

Richard Stein, MD, national spokesman, American Heart Association; professor of medicine and director of urban community cardiology program, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 01, 2019

SOURCES:

Lorenz, M., , 2007. Circulation

Yusuf, S., , 2004. Lancet

Richard Stein, MD, national spokesman, American Heart Association; professor of medicine and director of urban community cardiology program, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 01, 2019

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