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How serious is an atherosclerotic block?

Q: What is atherosclerotic block in the heart? What are its symptoms, the seriousness of the case and do I need any diet restrictions? Can a person suffering from this, smokes a cigarette everyday?

A:I think you mean atherosclerotic block. Atherosclerosis means cholesterol deposition in the tubes carrying blood, leading to gradual narrowing at that site. Smoking even one cigarette /day can be extremely dangerous. Unlike alcohol, there is no safe limit for smoking. You have to eat less fast foods /fats and oils and take more fresh fruits & vegetables. The seriousness of the problem depends upon where these blocks are (heart tubes, brain tubes) and how severe these blocks are & if they are producing any symptoms like chest pain.

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