What is heart blockage? – Frankfort Regional Medical Center

What is heart blockage? – Frankfort Regional Medical Center

August 17, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


Heart blockage is actually
several different things. When you come in
with a heart attack it’s usually a blood
clot that has blocked up the artery completely and behind
it is a significant blockage. It doesn’t necessarily start
out a significant blockage, but artery blockages are alive. Most people think they’re
like rock and they don’t move. But they’re actually a
live organism, almost, and they can go from 40%
blocked to 99% blocked just by having a little tear
in the artery wall. And then the body
goes to try to heal that tear and part of
that healing process is bringing blood
products to that area that causes the artery to clot. And so it’s almost a
over-healing process with all the blood
clotting mechanisms coming and instead of
clotting partially, it clots it completely off. So in that process,
with the acute MI, it’s usually a blood clot
followed by a blockage. Now, in patients who have
just coronary artery disease without a heart attack,
artery blockages are made up of cholesterol,
it’s made of calcium, made up of white blood cells,
different things like that. They may have small
blood clots in them, but they don’t obstruct
the flow completely.