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Ischaemic heart disease
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Ischaemic heart disease

Ischaemic heart disease is a disease characterized by reduced blood supply to the heart. It is the most common cause of death in most western countries.

Ischaemia means a "reduced blood supply". The coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle and no alternative blood supply exists, so a blockage in the coronary arteries reduces the supply of blood to heart muscle.

Most ischaemic heart disease is caused by atherosclerosis, even when the artery lumens appear normal by angiography.

What is it?

This can cause: Prevention. Prevent or delay atherosclerosis. Treatment of a heart attack. Which of these options are required depends on the situation.

After a heart attack