Ischemic Heart Disease

Ischemic heart disease comes about when the arteries are clogged, and as a result the patient has reduced heart pumping. The result of this reduction in blood and oxygen is that the organs have trouble functioning. Patients with this disease typically have congestive heart failure.

Common causes of Ischemic Heart Disease

Ischemic cardiomyopathy is caused by blocked arteries that can not bring sufficient amounts of oxygen and blood to the heart. As a result the heart slowly weakens and has more difficultly doing its job of pumping blood throughout the body.

Blocked Arteries are usually caused by a build up of cholesterol and other substances such as plaque. Ischemic cardiomyopathy affects around 1 in 100 people, usually elderly men.

Ischemic cardiomyopathy risk include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Levels of Cholesterol
  • High Fat Diet
  • Genetics or Family History
  • Sedentary Lifestyle

Sympoms of Ischemic Heart Disease

Ischemic Heart Disease can come on slowly or quickly and usually have symptoms of angina. Those usually include:

  • Chest pain
  • dizziness
  • heartburn
  • nausea
  • shortness of breath
  • palpitations

Patients with quick onset of symptoms may experience:

  • Cough
  • fatigue
  • lack of appetite
  • irregular pulse
  • shortness of breath
  • swollen feet or ankles and abdomen