A number of conditions or events result from insufficient blood flow to the heart caused by the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries that occurs in the progression of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis in the arteries of the heart is called coronary artery disease (CAD) or coronary heart disease (CHD). The outcomes of progressive CHD may include a number of manifestations including silent ischemia, angina pectoris, unstable angina, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and sudden cardiac death. In some cases, arrhythmias and heart failure may also result from the effects of atherosclerosis or acute coronary events.

Myocardial Ischemia

The word ischemia comes originally from the Greek for “restriction of blood.” Ischemia describes the lack of oxygen-enriched blood flow in any area of the body. When it occurs in the ...

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