Arteries deliver oxygen-rich blood from the heart to different tissues throughout the body. When the arteries get clogged due to a build-up of plaque on the inner walls, the blood flow gets disrupted. Plaque is made up of deposits of fat, cholesterol, cellular waste, calcium and fibrin that circulate in the blood. The risk of developing clogged arteries is higher in people who have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol) and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol). People with high blood pressure, diabetes and smokers also have greater chances of developing clogged arteries.Clogged arteries can lead to coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and cerebrovascular accident (stroke). So, keeping your arteries free of blockage is very important to prevent these diseases. Following a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy foods is the best way to keep your arteries healthy. Here are some foods that can help in maintaining clean and unclogged arteries.