Ischemia is not a familiar term to many. This article is an attempt to explain it and to clarify it.
Ischemia is a form of coronary heart disease that occurs when fat deposits and plaque serve to narrow the interior of an artery to such a severe point that the heart is not able to receive enough oxygen-rich blood for its purposes and is therefore deprived. In as simple terms as possible, ischemia is a restriction in blood supply. What ends up happening is the heart muscle cramps. In this way then, ischemia that takes place in the heart is very much like getting a severe cramp in your leg, only cramping of the heart is more serious than cramping that occurs in the leg area. (more…)