10 Ischemia Symptoms

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Ischemia, also called myocardial ischemia, occurs when the blood flow to the heart is reduced and the heart muscle doesn't receive enough oxygen.1‘Myocardial Ischemia.’ Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myocardial-ischemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20375417 Ischemia is serious and should be addressed right away. Patients with ischemia should consult with their cardiac physicians for detailed instructions on how to mitigate the condition.

Ischemia of the heart is often caused by atherosclerosis or blood clots. Many of its symptoms seriously interfere with patients' health and well-being. The condition should be taken seriously, and those who suspect they have it should speak with a doctor. Complications of myocardial ischemia include heart attacks, heart failure and abnormal heart rhythm.

Chest Pain

Chest pain is one of the most recognizable symptoms of ischemia.2Mieres JH; Heller GV; Hendel RC; Gulati M; Boden WE; Katten D; Shaw LJ; ‘Signs and Symptoms of Suspected Myocardial Ischemia in Women: Results from the What Is the Optimal Method for Ischemia Evaluation in Women? Trial.’ Journal of Women’s Health (2002), U.S. National Library of Medicine, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21740192 Patients sometimes report pain in their upper chest, usually on the left side. The intensity of the pain can vary, and it's more frequently reported by female patients.

Some people mistake this symptom for something more innocuous, such as heartburn, which makes it tricky to identify. Pain can be an important indicator of the condition, and patients should note the frequency, intensity and duration of chest pains. People who experience intense chest pain for more than a few minutes along with shortness of breath, dizziness or palpitations should seek medical attention right away.

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