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Mild Cardiac Ischemia
If diagnosed with cardiac ischemia, is it safe to exercise, or does physical activity worsen your condition?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Would my two-lead event monitor pick up ischemia in normal rhythm (ie be able to identity if pain episodes are cardiac), or just rhythm abnormalities?
I diagnosed of interior wall ischemia is this dangerous to be anger or fear? If that emotion comes always is this a high risk of cardiac arrest?
Ischemia: Ischemia means a narrowing of the arteries that feed the heart muscle. Any type of stress, either physical exertion or mental stress can strain the heart. This could disrupt a cholesterol plaque and cause a heart attack which in some cases result in cardiac arrest. It is not possible to directly assess if this is high risk, but people with ischemia are at higher risk than normal population. ...Read more
Blood flow limited: It means that the heart muscle is not getting enough blood flow to meet its metabolic demands to carry out the required activities. This usually connotes a narrowing ("blockage") in one of the major coronary arteries that supplies heart muscle with blood, and hence oxygen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coronary ischemia: The body will try to limit activity in order to decrease ischemia, so some people will feel fatigue or shortness of breath. Also often people have angina or chest pain with activity which limits activity. On the local level small vessels called collateral vessels can grow to bypass the blockage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: Through biochemical mechanisms stimulated by decreased blood flow to areas of the heart, small collateral arteries can form as branches of the larger coronary arteries in order to maintain as much blood supply to the heart as possible. These collateral arteries can often prevent permanent damage to the heart, but they rarely normalize the blood flow necessary for normal heart function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: Angina is a symptom of chest discomfort. Heart cells die only when the blood supply to the heart is stopped for at least 20 minutes. Angina may occur with no stoppage of blood to the heart, or it may occur in the presence of a damaging heart attack, known as myocardial infarction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By blocking the flow: In young, healthy individuals the inner lining of the blood vessels is clean and smooth. Overtime, for many reasons, the inner surface of the heart blood vessels (coronary arteries) may start becoming bumpy/lumpy or blocked due to fat (cholesterol) deposits called "atherosclerotic plaque". This in turn reduces the amount of blood flow available causing "ischemia" (oxygen deprivation). ...Read more