Ischemic heart disease occurs when there is reduced blood supply to the heart.
Ischemia /isˈkēmēə/ refers to poor blood supply to any tissue resulting in lack of oxygen and eventually damage to the tissue. It typically results from a vascular pathology, such as atherosclerosis or thickening of the arteries.
When there is ischemia to the heart, the muscle tissue of the heart is robbed of vital oxygen. This can cause angina (chest pain) or lead to a heart attack. Ischemic heart disease is still one of the top causes of death.
Keeping the heart healthy is not as simple as lowering cholesterol numbers and jogging more. States of inflammation are a major aspect of arterial wall occlusion and involve multiple aspects of poor physiology. Care and prevention of heart disease must include a systems approach.
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