Arteries

Heart disease is more common than most people realize; each year in the United States, more than 790,000 people suffer from heart attacks, and strokes account for one in 20 deaths. Preventing heart disease is the ultimate goal, but early detection is also crucial to stop its progression.

Changes in lifestyle and medical therapies can delay the onset of a heart attack, and the risk of heart disease can significantly decrease with simple daily changes. The following are seven signs that indicate a high possibility of clogged arteries that you should know.

7. Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction

Men who experience erectile dysfunction should consider the possibility of clogged arteries. If achieving an erection is difficult or impossible, it can be a sign of clogged arteries in the pelvis that present before a heart attack. On average, there are three to five years between the onset of ED and coronary heart disease (CHD). If you are experiencing similar symptoms when it comes to your sexual performance, try to look for the root of the problem and find a proper treatment for the causes of diseased arteries before taking the blue pill.

6. Baldness

Baldness

According to a comprehensive study of nearly 37,000 men, severe baldness at the crown of the head strongly indicates the presence of silent CHD at any age. In a separate study of more than 7,000 people (including over 4,000 women), moderate to severe baldness doubled the risk of dying from heart disease for both sexes.

5. Ear Crease

Earlobes

One of the stranger markers, ear creases (specifically an angled crease in the ear that runs diagonally from the canal to the lower edge of the earlobe) has been acknowledged in medical research reports as a sign of silent CHD for decades. The ear crease can result from poor circulation, which also includes the arteries in the heart. While some medical professionals argue that a crease is just a common sign of aging, others using sophisticated CT scan methods to measure silent CHD found that ear creases predicted heart disease even after the authors accounted for other risk factors like smoking and age.

4. Calf Pain While Walking

Calf Pain

Known as claudication (from the Latin for “to limp”), atherosclerosis in the calves can block leg arteries, particularly for smokers, before CHD is diagnosed. This symptom requires an evaluation from your doctor.  The doctor will examine the pulses in your legs and perform simple measurements of the leg’s blood pressure and blood flow to confirm a diagnosis of poor circulation. It is critical that heart disease is diagnosed as early as possible because various dietary and medical treatments can be prescribed to help reverse the issue. Eating more plant-based products and fewer animal products can significantly help, along with a daily routine exercise.

3. Tight Jaw

Jaw Pain

A tight jaw, which is a symptom of clogged arteries, is more common among women, but men should still be aware of it. According to Harvard Medical School, aches and pains in the jaw and neck are a common symptom of angina, a feeling of discomfort due to poor blood circulation to part of the heart. The pain happens because to the vagus nerve, the main nerve that carries pain signals from the heart, is in constant contact with the neck, jaw, head, and left arm.

Related: 11 Foods That Help Unclog Arteries

2. Lower Back Pain

Back Pain

Lower back pain isn’t always necessarily related to sore or aging muscles. According to the Physicians Community for Responsible Medicine, the lower back is one of the first parts of the body where plaque accumulates. Pain can be felt because reduced blood flow to the area can weaken the discs that cushion the vertebrae.

1. Smoking

Smoking Related: Clear Your Arteries Naturally by Following These 7 Steps

Study after study has shown us that smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your health. Quitting can help decrease your risk of CHD.

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