Ischaemic heart disease

  • Ischaemic (or ischemic) 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.

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