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What is reversible ischemia?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Poor blood flow: When arteries are narrowed, not enough oxygen gets to the tissue. This is worse when exercising a muscle ( or heart muscle), becuause its oxygen requirement are increased. At rest it might not be as much of an issue , because oxygen requirements are less.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Poor perfusion: Ischemia is caused by low or inadequate blood flow and oxygen delivery to a tissue: heart attack stroke amputation renal failure are sequellae of ischemia but mild is mild reversible means it was treated and improved.

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What does reversible ischemia mean?

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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 32 years experience
Decreased blood flow: The heart may have adequate blood flow to function normally at rest or lower levels of activity. However when you increase the nutrition needs of the heart as with exercise or strong emotions the blood flow is insufficient due to blockages and provokes ischemia which can be detected by various forms of stress test. Chest pain, shortness of breath & fatigue are the common symptoms of ischemia.
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What is the significance of reversible ischemia?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Muscle not dead: The nuclear picture of the heart shows a hole in the muscle during exercise (stress) but not at rest. The muscle is alive and not permanently damaged. A bypass or stent could prevent the damage from becoming permanent.

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