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Signs and Symptoms of Myocardial Ischemic Heart Disease | Ischemia

Myocardial ischemic heart disease or  myocardial ischemia is the result of a reduced blood flow to the heart due to atherosclerotic plaques along the artery wall.  The reduced blood flow to the heart causes a reduction in the heart’s oxygen supply.  Myocardial ischemia can lead to angina, a damaged heart muscle, and abnormal heart rhythms.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of myocardial ischemia below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Myocardial Ischemic Heart Disease | Ischemia include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Poor circulation
  • Chest pain
  • Foot and leg pain
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Neck or jaw pain
  • Speech difficulty
  • Vertigo
  • Clammy skin
  • Nausea
  • Double vision
  • Numbness on one side

Some people do not experience any signs and symptoms of myocardial ischemia. This is called silent ischemia.  If you do experience any signs and symptoms of myocardial ischemia or chest pain, seek medical help immediately.



Diagnosis of Myocardial Ischemic Heart Disease | Ischemia

Tests to help diagnose myocardial ischemia include an echocardiogram, an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood tests for certain heart enzymes that are present if the heart has been damaged.  As well, a coronary angiography can get a detailed view of the inside of your arteries.  A stress test may be performed to evaluate the total functioning of your heart, and a portable ECG machine can be worn at home to monitor your heart rhythm and to detect silent ischemia.


Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Myocardial Ischemic Heart Disease | Ischemia

Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of Ischemic Heart Disease
Spencer B. King
Ischemic Heart Disease – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications


Acute Coronary Ischemia and Myocardial Infarction
Shohreh Shahabi
Silent Myocardial Ischemia and Angina: Prevalence, Prognostic, and Therapeutic Significance
Bramah Singh


Myocardial Ischemic Heart Disease Resources

General Patient Resources

  • University of Southern California

Cardiovascular Unit clinical trials and registries.

http://usccardiology.org/cru-clinicaltrials-ischemicheartdisease.html

  • Echocardiology . org

Reviews definition, etiology and signs and symptoms of myocardial ischemic heart disease.

http://www.echocardiology.org/IHD.htm

  • Med TV

Comprehensive article about myocardial ischemia

http://heart-disease.emedtv.com/myocardial-ischemia/myocardial-ischemia.html



Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes and treatment of this heart disorder.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/myocardial-ischemia/DS01179