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Does a chest x-ray or a spine x-ray show clogged arteries or a bad heart?

Last updated date: 19th Jul 2024
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Hint: An x-ray is a type of electromagnetic wave that creates pictures of the inside body and shows through different shades of black and white.

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The X-rays done for the chest produces images of the lungs, blood vessels, heart and the bones of the chest and spine. These x-rays reveal the fluid inside and around the lungs or the air surrounding the lungs. Clogged arteries can be diagnosed using chest x-rays and other tests which include cholesterol screening, CT scan, ultrasound, electrocardiogram and MRI. The arteries are present all over the body from the brain to the tips of the toes and carry blood that is rich in oxygen. A healthy artery consists of smooth walls through which the blood flows easily. Clogged arteries are a result of a substance called plaque on the inner walls of the arteries which reduce the blood flow and block it. Clogged arteries are more prone to heart attack and stroke which may cause death in severe cases.
The plaque which is responsible for the clogging of the arteries contains calcium, fat, fibrin, cholesterol and other substances which are involved in blood clotting. During this, the cells in the artery walls secrete an additional substance and the cell multiply which worsens the state of the clogged arteries. It includes several symptoms like chest pain, nausea, sweating, shortness of breath etc.

The clogging of arteries is known as Atherosclerosis which can be seen under the age of children 10 to 14 and can be developed in their twenties and thirties. A hundred percent blockage of the arteries can be fatal.