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What is the significance of ischemia?

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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
See below: Ischemia implies insufficient blood flow. Myocardial (heart) ischemia is usually due to plaque obstructing blood flow. It can also be due to coronary artery spasm (especially in smokers). Ischemia often causes chest pains but can be painless (silent ischemia). Medical therapy is preferred to control risk factors. Invasive therapy such as angioplasty or bypass surgery is for unstable patients.
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.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the significance of anteroapical ischemia?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Location: Ischemia is a term meaning that that part of an organ (the heart in this case) is not getting enough blood and oxygen. Anteroapical just refers to the locasion of the blockage. Antero means front of, and apical refers to the apex of the heart, the part that is directed down and to the left, on the opposite side to the aorta.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Apex on left,ascending aorta on right of left ventricle, descending aorta on left but in behind the heart
Mar 25, 2013
CA
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the significance of a mild ischemia?

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Dr. Cynthia Thaik
Cardiology 31 years experience
Coronary artery Ds: Ischemia means diminished blood supply, so in the case of coronary ischemia, decreased blood supply to the heart. While mild ischemia is used to quantify the degree or severity of blood flow diminution, any degree of ischemia signifies the presence of coronary artery disease.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the significance of inferoapical ischemia?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Artery blocked: That is just describing the anatomic location of the area of the heart not getting enough blood because of a blockage in a coronary artery. The significance of the blockage itself is that on could cause pain and lead to a heart attack with damage to that part of the muscle.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the significance of mirovascular ischemia?

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Dr. Stephen L Roth
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
Your small arteries: The smaller arteries can be just as important are the larger arteries in causing vasular disease and require intensive medical treatment to do well as they cannot be "bypassed" or fixed with balloons or stents.
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What is the significance of provocable ischemia?

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Dr. Jerry Routh
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Blocked Heart Artery: Provocable ischemia occurs when a heart artery is blocked and exercise creates a condition where the heart muscle needs more blood than the artery can deliver. It may create the classic clinical symptom of angina pectoris or chest pain. Tests to diagnose provocable ischemia include the treadmill, nuclear stress/chemical testing, and stress echocardiography.

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