What Is Arterial Thrombosis?

Q:
What is arterial thrombosis?

A:
Arterial thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot forms within the arteries. A blood clot is helpful in stopping the bleeding and healing the artery when you are injured. In cases when the arteries are not damaged, the thrombosis can reduce or even block the blood supply, causing a stroke, a heart attack or peripheral vascular disease.

Arterial thrombosis forms in the arteries, which pump the blood away from the heart. Arterial thrombosis is a serious condition because it robs the cells of vital nutrients such as oxygen. If not treated immediately, it can lead to rapid cell death and permanent damage to the tissues.

The symptoms of arterial thrombosis include:

  • Pain in the area of the clot
  • Weakness
  • Paleness
  • Paralysis

The risk factors include:

  • A poor diet
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • A family history of the disease.

A physical exam and recognizing early symptoms can help in diagnosing the condition. Treatment for arterial thrombosis includes:

  • Medications
  • Cardiac stenting
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting

You can prevent arterial thrombosis by consuming a healthy diet and maintaining healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Certain lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or getting more exercise, also can reduce the risks.

 

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