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What problems does ischemia cause?

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Ischemia can cause a lot of problems. Some can be life threatening, depending on where you get it. For example:

  • Heart: This may lead to a heart attack, heartbeat that’s not regular, and heart failure. It can also cause chest pain (angina) or sudden cardiac death. You may hear it called ischemic heart disease, myocardial ischemia, or cardiac ischemia.
  • Brain: This can cause a stroke.
  • Legs: Doctors call this critical limb ischemia. It’s a severe condition you can get with peripheral artery disease (PAD). That’s a condition where you have plaque build-up in the arteries of your leg. It causes intense pain, even when you’re resting. If it’s not treated, you could lose your leg.
  • Intestines: This is called mesenteric ischemia. It can cause a hole in your intestine or part of your intestine to die. It can happen in both the small and large intestines.

From: What Is Ischemia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “How Lungs Work.”

KidsHealth: “Heart and Circulatory System.”

Vascular Disease Foundation: “Focus on Ischemia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Myocardial Ischemia,” “Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD),” “Intestinal Ischemia,” “Stroke,” “Stress Management.”

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: “Ischemic Strokes (Clots).”

American Heart Association: “Silent Ischemia and Ischemic Heart Disease,” “Understanding Your Risks to Prevent a Heart Attack.”

Texas Heart Institute: “Silent Ischemia.”

UC Davis Vascular Center: “Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI).”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Peripheral Artery Disease.”

American Stroke Association, Stroke Connection: “Healthy People and ‘Silent Strokes.’”

Columbia University Medical Center: “Cerebral Ischemia.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 4, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “How Lungs Work.”

KidsHealth: “Heart and Circulatory System.”

Vascular Disease Foundation: “Focus on Ischemia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Myocardial Ischemia,” “Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD),” “Intestinal Ischemia,” “Stroke,” “Stress Management.”

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: “Ischemic Strokes (Clots).”

American Heart Association: “Silent Ischemia and Ischemic Heart Disease,” “Understanding Your Risks to Prevent a Heart Attack.”

Texas Heart Institute: “Silent Ischemia.”

UC Davis Vascular Center: “Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI).”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Peripheral Artery Disease.”

American Stroke Association, Stroke Connection: “Healthy People and ‘Silent Strokes.’”

Columbia University Medical Center: “Cerebral Ischemia.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 4, 2019

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