What Are the Symptoms of Coronary Artery Chronic Total Occlusion?

Some patients with coronary artery chronic total occlusion (CTO) don’t even know they have this type of coronary artery disease. They may have no symptoms, while others experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Heaviness, tightness, pressure and/or pain in the chest, behind the breastbone
  • Pain radiating in the arms, shoulders, jaw, neck and/or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness and fatigue

If you are experiencing these symptoms, make an appointment with your physician for a thorough examination. If you are unsure or have concern about these symptoms, seek medical attention. As with any medical condition, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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