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Are you at risk for clogged arteries?

In most cases, a combination of medical examination and diagnostic testing is required in order to identify atherosclerosis, which is another name for blocked arteries. Some of the approaches that are often used to evaluate arterial blockages are as follows:

Physical Examination

A cardiologist may conduct a physical examination to look for signs such as weak or absent pulses in the arms or legs. These pulses may be an indication of decreased blood flow as a result of increased arterial obstruction.

Blood Tests

High blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, may indicate a higher risk of atherosclerosis. Blood testing is another method for determining the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a protein associated with artery inflammation.

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

Abnormalities detected by an electrocardiogram could indicate decreased blood flow owing to coronary artery blockages.

Stress Test

In this examination, the patient’s heart rate is tracked while they ride a stationary bike or jog on a treadmill. If the coronary arteries are constricted or clogged, it could help identify the source of the decreased blood flow to the heart.


By directing sound waves into the heart, this ultrasound may provide pictures that reveal structural anomalies or regions of impaired blood flow, both of which can be indicators of a blocked artery.

CT Angiography

Using computed tomography (CT) technology, this imaging test may provide high-resolution pictures of the blood vessels. Arterial blockages may be located and evaluated using this technology.

MRI Angiography

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can also be used to create detailed images of the blood vessels and detect blockages.

Coronary Angiography

In order to detect narrowing or blockages in the coronary arteries, this invasive treatment involves injecting a contrast dye into the arteries and then capturing X-ray pictures (angiograms).

In the event that you have risk factors for atherosclerosis, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease, it is essential that you go through frequent tests and address any symptoms that are alarming with your healthcare practitioner. Early identification and treatment of artery blockages may reduce the chance of catastrophic events like a heart attack or stroke.