A 56-year-old member asked:
Are cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease the same disease?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Robert Binford answered
37 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Close: The way i define it is that cardiovascular disease refers to the present of plaque (arterial disease) in the arteries of the heart. Ischemic heart disease means that the disease in the arteries has now decreased the blood flow to the heart and is affecting how it functions. Ischemic heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease.
Answered on Mar 3, 2013
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