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Hardening of the Arteries (Atherosclerosis)

Question:

What symptoms led to the diagnosis of your hardening of the arteries? Please describe your experience? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Jeg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

My left big toe and the toe next to it swelled, turned blue/black and was extremely painful. In emergency I was tested for heart disease, referred to a vascular surgeon the next day and sent home with mild pain killers for the night. The vascular surgeon prescribed a daily dose of aspirin 81 mg along with the 20 mg Lipitor I've been taking for the past 40 years, for the hardening of the arteries. He told me to quit smoking and hope I didn't lose the toes or foot to this disease. Nothing can be done to change it.

Comment from: Phibo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

Post-knee replacement follow-up, my surgeon noted artery shadowing on x-ray suggesting possible artery calcification. Calcium score test confirmed by the primary care physician. I feel fortunate to have caught this now. No other obvious symptoms to note.

Comment from: Gloria S, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I started having blackouts. My doctor sent me to have ECG and ultrasound on my heart. Just found out I have hardening of the arteries. I need to have the testing redone in 6 months.

Comment from: Cyndee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I had pain in my legs when I walked too long, and then it led to severe pain in my legs at night, which led to the diagnosis of hardening of the arteries.

Comment from: Ageing, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

After the diagnosis of hardening of the arteries, I immediately started a regime of exercise and have an agenda to extend my range of walking considerably.

Comment from: momkat52, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I just had an echo and stress tests. They said I have signs of hardening of the arteries. I am scared to death and I smoke.

Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease

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