Angina in the intestines mirrors what happens in the heart

Published: May, 2012

Clogged gut arteries can cause pain—and much worse.

The heart's arteries are common hiding places for cholesterol-filled plaque and blood clots. Plaque can limit blood flow during exercise or stress, causing the chest pain or pressure known as angina. Clots can completely block blood flow, causing a heart attack or cardiac arrest. These two perpetrators can do similar things elsewhere in the body. When they interfere with blood flow to the digestive system, the effects can range from a stomachache after every meal to a life threatening emergency.

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