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Are cardiac ischemia and shortness of breath related?

Are cardiac ischemia and shortness of breath related?

Very possible: Shortness of breath often is a manifestation of cardiac ischemia. Although chest pain is a well known sign of cardiac ischemia , shortness of breath needs to be evaluated promptly. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Cynthia Thaik
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Ischemia (Definition)

Ischemia is a symptom in which a person does not have enough blood supply to a part of the body, making that part of the body "ischemic". For example, in a heart attack, a coronary artery is blocked so blood cannot get to the heart muscle beyond the blockage point. The heart muscle lacking ...Read more


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What is the relationship between cardiac ischemia and shortness of breath?

What is the relationship between cardiac ischemia and shortness of breath?

Symptoms: Cardiac ischemia (lack of enough blood supply to a part of the heart muscle) can manifest as shorteness of breath (second most common symptom after chest pain). ...Read more

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If diagnosed with cardiac ischemia, is it safe to exercise, or does physical activity worsen your condition?

If diagnosed with cardiac ischemia, is it safe to exercise, or does physical activity worsen your condition?

Ischemia: You should discuss this with your cardiologist who may want to get a stress test before giving you specifics. ...Read more

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What is cardiac ischemia?

Decreased blood flow: Ischemia is decreased blood flow, in this case to the heart. ...Read more

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Can cardiac ischemia cause arrhythmias? If so, how?

Can cardiac ischemia cause arrhythmias? If so, how?

Yes: Cardiac ischemia causes lack of blood flow to the heart muscle and can trigger ventricular arrhythmia. Premature ventricular contraction is common. In severe cases, it can also lead to ventricular tachycardia ( consecutive fast heart beat from the ventricle of the heart). Sometimes with heart attack, fatal ventricular fibrillation (very fast irregular abnormal beats from ventricle) can occur. ...Read more

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How reliable is an EKG as a predictive tool for cardiac ischemia?

How reliable is an EKG as a predictive tool for cardiac ischemia?

Poor: It is neither sensitive nor highly specific. It's only one tool among many that doctors use. It's helpful for confirming a clinical suspicion if the history is suggestive and the ekg is either dramatically abnormal or changed from a previous tracing. Its value is increased when performed during the index symptom under evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between cardiac ischemia and coronary heart disease?

Can you tell me the difference between cardiac ischemia and coronary heart disease?

Overlap: Cardiac ischemia can be the result of coronary artery disease, cad, the latter being a progressive disease that can result in plaque/cholesterol building up in the coronary arteries and these stenoses or blockages can impair blood flow to the heart.Ischemia is the condition of blood flow and so oxygen being kept from a part of the body; cardiac ischemia is when this deprivation occurs in heart. ...Read more

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How come I have shortness of breath on minimal exertion not cardiac related?

Short of breath: Pulmonary disease is very common, obstructive pulmonary disease is a common cause, weakness of respiratory muscles and interstitial lung disease all do the same as well as a bunch of other things; the heart is just one of many causes of sob, anemia can do it too. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more