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What does reversible ischemia mean?

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Dr. Robert Cuff
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: At risk tissue

Reversible ischemia is usually used to describe an area of the heart muscle that has normal perfusion at rest on a stress test then exhibits poor blood flow when the patient is exercising or given the chemical stress.
This indicates an area at high risk for damage if the patient stresses their heart with surgery or exercise. This is where a stent or surgery could help improve the heart function.

In brief: At risk tissue

Reversible ischemia is usually used to describe an area of the heart muscle that has normal perfusion at rest on a stress test then exhibits poor blood flow when the patient is exercising or given the chemical stress.
This indicates an area at high risk for damage if the patient stresses their heart with surgery or exercise. This is where a stent or surgery could help improve the heart function.
Dr. Robert Cuff
Dr. Robert Cuff
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Decreased blood flow

The heart may have adequate blood flow to function normally at rest or lower levels of activity.
However when you increase the nutrition needs of the heart as with exercise or strong emotions the blood flow is insufficient due to blockages and provokes ischemia which can be detected by various forms of stress test. Chest pain, shortness of breath & fatigue are the common symptoms of ischemia.

In brief: Decreased blood flow

The heart may have adequate blood flow to function normally at rest or lower levels of activity.
However when you increase the nutrition needs of the heart as with exercise or strong emotions the blood flow is insufficient due to blockages and provokes ischemia which can be detected by various forms of stress test. Chest pain, shortness of breath & fatigue are the common symptoms of ischemia.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
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