Symptoms of Mild Atherosclerosis


Unlike other diseases, mild atherosclerosis usually does not produce any symptoms. Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is a disease that progress over decades. In the early stages of the disease, mild atherosclerosis is not noticeable. Much like a steel pipe fills with mineral deposits over time, you do not notice the difference until either the water stops flowing or the pipe develops a crack. Most patients with atherosclerosis don't notice any problems until the disease has progressed far past the point of being mild.


Symptoms of Mild Atherosclerosis

Location

Atherosclerosis symptoms depend on where the artery hardening is actually happening. The symptoms of blocked or harden arteries to the brain are much different than those to the heart or limbs. Atherosclerosis in blood vessels leading to internal organs sometimes show no symptoms until the organ begins to fail.


Chest Pain

Atherosclerosis of vessels leading to the heart cause chest pain and sometimes result in a heart attack. If your blood flow to and from the heart is restricted, expect to feel fatigued even before chest pain appears. Atherosclerosis of the heart vessels usually calls for either a stent of heart bypass operation to get the blood flowing again. There are medications that help clear up the blockage in some cases.


Along with your annual physical, pay close attention to any numbness or unexplained pain in your limbs. Do not wait for chest pain to go away. If you have unexplained chest pain, either call 911 or head to an emergency room or urgent care center immediately.


Brain

Atherosclerosis of the vessels in and leading to the brain cause a number of different symptoms, including numbness in the limbs, weak facial muscles and slurred speech. In its most serious form, atherosclerosis of the brain leads to stroke and sometimes death. Stroke often occurs without warning and sometimes the results are irreversible.


Genitals

If you find you do not enjoy sex as much as you used to, or if you are unable to perform, one cause is atherosclerosis of the blood vessels leading to the genitals. For men, this sometimes causes erectile dysfunction. This problem in women makes sex less pleasurable and causes an inability to reach orgasm. As with other forms of atherosclerosis, there are medications that help reduce the blockage and improve blood flow.


Limbs

Unexplained pain in the legs and arms is an indication of reduced blood flow. Numbness in the extremities is also an indicator of problems either caused by diabetes, nerve damage, or atherosclerosis. Blood clots in the limbs are dangerous as they sometimes travel to the brain or heart and cause stroke, heart attack and death.


Although there are no real symptoms for mild atherosclerosis, there are indicators that show up as a result of your annual physical. High levels of bad cholesterol or low levels of good cholesterol are the best indicators that a problem is brewing. Family history is also another risk factor you need to let your doctor know about.


What is mild ventricular and sulcal prominence?


Our brain is like a peeled walnut. There are bulging folds and between folds are the grooves. These grooves are called suci. Mild prominenece of these suci are called mild sulcal prominence. Often such prominenece are noticed with age and these are attributed to normal aging. However, defects in the cerebellum may also called prominenece of the cerebral sulci.