Ischemic Heart Disease
Ischemic heart disease refers to various manifestations of heart disease caused by ischemia, i.e., inadequate blood flow to the myocardium (Morrow & Gersh, 2008).
Ischemic heart disease is typically due to coronary heart disease caused by atherosclerosis (see entry, Coronary Heart Disease). Patients with ischemic heart disease may have symptoms of angina, or chest pain (see entry, Angina Pectoris). Sudden rupture of coronary atherosclerotic plaques may cause myocardial infarction, or heart attack (see entry, Acute Myocardial Infarction). If there is sufficient damage done to the heart, the patient may also develop heart failure or ischemic cardiomyopathy (see entry, Congestive Heart Failure).
References and Readings
- Morrow, D. A., & Gersh, B. J. (2008). Chronic coronary artery disease. In P. Libby, R. O. Bonow, D. L. Mann, D. P. Zipes, & E. Braunwald (Eds.), Braunwald’s heart disease: A textbook of cardiovascular medicine (pp. 1353–1417). Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.Google Scholar