What causes a blocked artery?
Atherosclerosis is the buildup of fatty deposits on the inside of the arteries. They become narrow and reduce the blood flow to the heart (like a clogged drain).
Where does the artherosclerosis come from?
Cholesterol is a necessary component of the human cell; but, over time, cholesterol in the blood can become deposited on the inside walls of the arteries. This seems to happen faster in people who:
- Have high blood pressure
- Eat high fat, high cholesterol foods, or have high cholesterol
- Are overweight
- Have a lot of tension or stress
- Do not exercise regularly
- Have diabetes and/or family members with a history of atherosclerosis