Clogged arteries - Definition

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Definition


A clogged artery is an artery whose blood flow is obstructed and this has serious consequences for the human body since the organs supplied by this obstructed artery are no longer supplied with blood nor with the oxygen and substrates necessary for their functioning. The obstruction can be progressive, linked to arteritis, an inflammation of the arterial lining or atherosclerosis, an accumulation of cholesterol which builds up inside the lining of the arteries provoking a progressive narrowing of the conduit. Arteries can also become clogged more severely when in the path of a blood stone which completely obstructs an artery: this is a situation that can cause an ischemic stroke, myocardial infarction, or acute ischemia, notably of the leg.

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