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Heart Artery Blockage Symptoms Are Wide Ranging

Male patient shaking the hand of a physicianSymptoms of heart artery blockage can vary depending on the severity of the condition or may not be present at all. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood rich in oxygen from the heart throughout the body. Arthrosclerosis occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries, and symptoms may not be noticeable for a person until a major event, such as a myocardial infarction (heart attack) or cerebrovascular accident (stroke). However, a patient with chronic total occlusion (CTO), which is the complete or near complete blockage of a coronary artery for at least three months, may experience more noticeable symptoms because the blood flow from the heart is significantly reduced.

Common symptoms of heart artery blockage caused by CTO include:

  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Pain in the upper body and arms, potentially concentrated on the left side
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Light-headedness
  • Indigestion
  • Jaw pain
  • Cold sweat
  • Unusual fatigue

The specialized team of cardiovascular medical professionals at Tampa General Hospital perform some of the most innovative techniques to diagnose and treat patients who are experiencing these and other symptoms associated with all types of cardiovascular conditions. Patients with heart artery blockage symptoms will be treated in TGH’S Cardiovascular Center, which is 77,000 square feet and includes six cardiac catheterization labs, eight cardiac operating rooms, seven interventional radiology suites, and 47 pre- and post-procedure patient rooms.

Because of the level of care we provide to patients with CTO and other cardiovascular conditions, Tampa General Hospital has been named one of America's Best Hospitals for Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report, a recognition we’ve earned every year since 2008.

Visit Physician Finder to find a Tampa General Hospital heart disease specialist or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627).