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Doctor insights on: Myocardial Ischemia Vs Myocardial Infarction

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What are the differences between myocardial infarction and myocardial ischemia?

What are the differences between myocardial infarction and myocardial ischemia?

Ischemia: Ischemia is a term for tissue not getting enough oxygen(almost the same as not enough blood supply). Infarction is the end result of too much ischemia, it means death of the tissue. In other words infarction is the result of severe prolonged ischemia. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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Small myocardial infarction with Small -medium pharmacologically induced myocardial ischemia in that distribution. What are the the implications?

Small myocardial infarction with  Small -medium pharmacologically induced  myocardial ischemia in that distribution. What are the the implications?

Reversible defect?: If you're describing what we term a "reversible defect", wherein the heart seems OK at rest and not OK when stimulated (by exercise or medication), then this would mean that area of the heart is still vulnerable to damage (heart attack). This needs to be addressed and treated. You may need cardiac catheterization to define the anatomy of the vessel supplying that area with blood. ...Read more

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Does ischemia or thrombosis cause myocardial infarction?

Does ischemia or thrombosis cause  myocardial infarction?

Ischemia vs MI: Cholesterol plaque develops in the heart arteries. Progressive narrowing - usually greater than 70% - can lead to lack of blood flow to the heart muscle during exercise or rest and causes angina or ischemia. Myocardial infarction is due to the rupture of a plaque which causes a blood clot to form (thrombosis) in the artery blocking blood flow to that area of the heart muscle which then dies. ...Read more

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How is ischemia linked to myocardial infarction, along with thrombosis?

How is ischemia linked to myocardial infarction, along with thrombosis?

MI: Ischemia is a state of insufficient blood supply to an organ, in this case the heart. When the condition persists it causes death of the tissue/organ - myocardial infarction. The cause of limited supply can be a narrowing of the supplying blood vessel, a blood cloth(thrombosis), a combination of both, or an increased tissue energy need such as in fever/sepsis etc... ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between myocardial infarction and myocardial ischemia?

Can any doc tell me what's the difference between myocardial infarction and myocardial ischemia?

Damage done: Myocardia ischemia means heart muscle not getting enough oxygen. Frequently this is angina. When the lack of oxygen is prolonged there is destruction of the muscle: this is a heart attack or myocardial infarction. ...Read more

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How do I get tested for myocardial infarction?

How do I get tested for myocardial infarction?

See MD: An internal medicine specialist and cardiologist is your best bet for diagnostic studies unless the chest/arm pain is immediate, then go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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What should I do after a myocardial infarction?

What should I do after a myocardial infarction?

See a doctor: Anyone who has had a heart attack/mi should be under the care of a physician who can evaluate their risks and prescribe the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Myocardial infarction causes?

Myocardial infarction causes?

Many poss causes: Almost all heart attacks are the result of fatty deposits on the inside of arteries that break open and cause clotting which will blocks the artery (and the blood from flowing to the part of the heart the artery feeds). Family history, fatty diet, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and other disorders can all contribute to this process. ...Read more

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What confirms myocardial infarction?

What confirms myocardial infarction?

Toponins,clinic,wall: Acute cardiogenic shock, .Ventricular arrythmias, infarct syndrome, flash pulmonary edema, wall motion abnormalities, syncope, presyncope, cardiac arrest, . It takes 4 hours for troponins to elevate after the infarct begins. That is why clinical symptoms dictate emergent coronary interventions. Troponins may still be normal within minutes of a life threatening myocardial infarct. ...Read more

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Infarction (Definition)

When the blood supply of a tissue is compromised by whatever mechanism, the tissue will stop working and if blood flow is not restored, the tissue will eventually die ("infarct", both verb and noun). The clinical picture that runs with development of an infarct ("heart attack"; ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more