Ischemic Heart Disease is a condition of recurring chest pain or discomfort that occurs when a part of the heart does not get enough blood supply. This condition occurs mostly during exertion or exercise. Ischemic Heart Disease is also referred to as coronary artery disease. Symptoms are:
• Chest pain
• Clammy skin
• Nausea with or without vomiting
• Pain in neck or jaw
• Rapid breathing
• Shoulder or arm pain
HOW IS ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
The health care practitioner will diagnose the condition by:
• Talking about the symptoms, medical history, and risk factors.
• Performing a physical exam.
• Performing diagnostic tests, including an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), echocardiogram, exercise stress tests, electron beam (ultrafast) CT scans, cardiac catheterization, and others.
HOW IS ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE TREATED?
Treatment of the condition involves reducing the risk factors by making relevant lifestyle changes. Medications may be needed to help your heart work more efficiently. In severe cases, angioplasty, stent placement or coronary artery bypass surgery may be suggested.
DID YOU KNOW?
In most of the western countries, Ischemic Heart Disease is the most common cause of death.