What is ischemia?

Lack of blood flow. Ischemia is a lack of blood flow so that that the organ or extremity is not recieving an adequate amount of oxygen.
Lack of blood. Ischemia is the medical term to express lack of blood flow to a particular organ or tissue.

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Can you tell me what reversible ischemia in the basal and mid inferior walls of the heart means please?

"Significant" block. Infer you have had an imaging study, using exercise or a pharmacologic agent to induce or provoke ischemia, and then using an imaging agent like a radioactive tracer, to show blood flow distribution. Subtracting a resting image from the "stress" image shows what areas have inadequate blood flow. Since the blood comes from the coronary arteries, a reversible image implies partial, not total, block. Read more...

What is reversible ischemia?

Poor blood flow. When arteries are narrowed, not enough oxygen gets to the tissue. This is worse when exercising a muscle ( or heart muscle), becuause its oxygen requirement are increased. At rest it might not be as much of an issue , because oxygen requirements are less. Read more...
Poor perfusion. Ischemia is caused by low or inadequate blood flow and oxygen delivery to a tissue: heart attack stroke amputation renal failure are sequellae of ischemia but mild is mild reversible means it was treated and improved. Read more...

What generally causes ischemia?

Atherosclerosis. The formation of the atheromatous plaque, which comprises of a lipid laden core covered by a fibrous cap, is the pathophysiological hallmark of atherosclerosis. It is the acute rupture of such plaques that results in a clot (thrombus) that results in ischemia, which simply means inadequate blood flow. Read more...
Several. Obstruction clot- thrombosis embolism venous outflow obstruction tourniquet compression. Read more...