Understanding Takayasu’s Arteritis: Recognizing Symptoms, Causes, and Potential Complications

What Is Takayasu’s Arteries? Know Symptoms, Causes And Complications

What Is Takayasu’s Arteries? Know Symptoms, Causes And Complications

Inflammation anywhere in the body can disrupt normal bodily functions, but when it occurs in the heart, the consequences can be particularly severe. Arteries play a crucial role in transporting blood from the heart to the rest of the body. However, in certain circumstances, these arteries can become damaged, leading to complications affecting both the heart and other parts of the body.

Takayasu’s arteritis is a rare form of arterial inflammation that specifically targets the large artery responsible for carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body. This condition poses a significant threat to health as it can result in blockages and weakening of the artery walls. Today, we’ll explore the symptoms and causes associated with this condition.

What is Takayasuâ

This illness arises from inflammation in the large arteries of the heart, typically due to damage incurred by the arteries. Takayasu’s disease, as explained by Cardiologist Dr. Umesh Nair from BNK Hospital, Kochi, manifests as blockages or weakening of artery walls in the chest, resulting from bulges caused by arterial damage. Symptoms include severe chest and arm pain, elevated blood pressure, and the potential for heart failure.

Diagnosing this condition can be challenging until noticeable symptoms emerge, usually indicating critical levels of artery wall damage that may lead to health complications. Prompt medical attention is often necessary at this stage to manage inflammation. Unfortunately, even with medication, there remains a risk of relapse.

Symptoms of Takayasu’s Disease

Takayasu’s disease can be categorized into two main stages, each with varying severity and symptoms. Here are some signs and symptoms associated with this condition:


In the initial stage of Takayasu’s disease, symptoms may be subtle and easily mistaken for other conditions. However, experiencing multiple symptoms simultaneously is common, although some individuals may remain asymptomatic during this phase. Typical symptoms include:

  •  Unintentional weight loss
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Fatigue
  •  Mild fever
  • Night sweats and hot flashes

While these symptoms may vary in severity and frequency, their presence collectively indicates the onset of the disease’s first stage.


In the second stage of Takayasu’s disease, inflammation intensifies, leading to narrowing of blood vessels and reduced oxygen supply. This adversely affects organ and tissue function, manifesting in various signs and symptoms, including:

  •  Weakness in the arms and legs
  • Pain in the limbs
  • Weak pulse
  • Challenges in obtaining accurate blood pressure readings
  •  Discrepancies in blood pressure between arms
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness and fainting spells
  • Headaches or changes in vision
  •  Memory difficulties
  • Shortness of breath and chest pain
  • Elevated blood pressure
  •  Presence of blood in stool
  •  Decreased red blood cell count

These symptoms indicate the progression and impact of the disease on the body during its second stage.

What causes Takyasu’s disease?

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“While several underlying conditions may contribute to the onset of Takayasu’s disease, identifying a definitive cause is often challenging. In most instances, inflammation occurs in the aorta and other primary arteries responsible for blood supply to the head and kidneys, leading to complications. However, the precise initial trigger of this inflammation remains unclear. One possibility is an autoimmune response, wherein the immune system mistakenly targets and attacks the arteries, although this mechanism is not fully understood.”

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Complications of Takayasu’s disease

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“Takayasu’s arteritis can result in severe complications that pose significant risks to one’s health. Here are some of the potential complications associated with this condition:

1. Arterial stenosis or hardening, leading to reduced blood flow to vital organs and tissues.
2. Inflammation of the heart, which can affect heart muscles and valves.
3. Increased risk of heart failure due to elevated blood pressure and inflammation of major arteries. Additionally, aortic valve regurgitation may occur, contributing to further cardiac complications.
4. Elevated risk of stroke resulting from arterial blockages impeding blood flow to the brain.
5. Transient ischemic attack, often referred to as a mini-stroke, is common and serves as a warning sign for potential permanent damage.
6. Aneurysm formation in the aorta due to weakened or stretched blood vessel walls, a frequent complication in Takayasu’s arteritis.”

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