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What happens when a coronary arteries become clogged?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Pain, heart attack: Depending on how severe the blockage is, this could cause pain on exertion or permanent damage from a heart attack.
Dr. Daniel Zanger
Cardiology 33 years experience
Coronary arteries: This largely depends in the severity . In narrowing s of over 75 or 80% patients may experience angina or chest pain with extertion . The scary thing is that smaller narrowing a like 20- 30% can ulcerate and cause sudden heart attacks or death.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends on severity: Of blockage. If hemodynamically significant then angina can result. Any degree of blockage increases risk of a heart attack.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How can the coronary arteries become blocked?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Atherosclerosis: A process that begins at birth. It can progress due to smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and in those with a family history. Know your risk factors and be proactive in treating them.

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