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is playing a sport good for artery occlusion?

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Dr. Orlando Puente
Vascular Surgery 41 years experience
Depends on the sport: In general playing sports is good whether you have a blocked artery or not depends on the artery and the sport. Arteries carry fresh oxygenated blood to your cells so if you are running they take blood to your muscles in your legs if you have a blockage you will stop because of pain but if you continue slowly you develop collateralls which bypass the blockage to get blood to your legs.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Please clarify. : Participating in sports, as a component to a healthy lifestyle, may prevent an artery occlusion but it might not be safe for you to participate in a sport if you currently have an artery occlusion.

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What are the carotid arteries?

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