What Is Cardiac Ischemia?
What Are The Symptoms?
|Ischemia (is-KE' me-ah) is a condition that
occurs when blood flow and oxygen are kept from a particular part of the body.
Cardiac ischemia is the name for this condition when the heart is the body part
targeted. Ischemic heart disease is a term that covers heart issues caused by
narrowing of the arteries. With arteries narrowed, less blood and oxygen are able
to reach the heart muscle. |
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How Can I Avoid
|Ischemia is often the cause of chest
pain known as angina pectoris (AN' jih-nah or an-JI' nah PEK' tor-is).
It is estimated that 3 to 4 million Americans may have ischemic
episodes and not even be aware. These people have ischemia without pain, known
as silent ischemia. |
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|To avoid a first heart attack or stroke,
physicians should routinely assess patients general risk of cardiovascular
disease beginning at age 20, according to new American Heart Association recommendations
published the AHA's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (read
more about Cardiac Ischemia prevention...)|
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What Factors Lead To Cardiac Ischemia?
There are five preventable
risk factors that will lead to coronary heart disease.
- High Blood Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
A person who does not control any one of these risk factors
is an excellent target for Congestive
Heart Failure. One who is not in control of two or more of these factors is
at a huge risk of Congestive
Heart Failure and, eventually, a heart attack.
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leading to cardiac ischemia...)
Attack Warning Signs|
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more
than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable
pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas
of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both
arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath. May
occur with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs: These may
include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness (more about cardiac
ischemia warning signs...)
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