Ischemic heart disease:

A Different Kind of Heart Ache

Remember that pain in your heart… the one you had when you first saw your partner? The slow throb when he or she was hesitating to say yes to your proposal? Those are wonderful things that happen to your heart during anxious moments.
But there are many more serious implications of the same symptoms. Symptoms like heart pain and palpitations can actually be an indication of ischemic heart disease.
Men are more likely to get this problem than women. However, women who are beyond menopause may also be at as high a risk as men.

What is Ischemic Heart Disease?

Popularly known as Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), ischemic heat disease is actually a condition where the supply of blood to the heart is affected. This is caused due to the narrowing of the blood vessels. The blood vessels become narrow due to accumulation of plaque along the blood vessel wall.

What is Plaque?

Plaque, in case of heart conditions, is not that brown thing that your dentist warns you against. It is that small little bump that appears along the thin wall of your blood vessel. Plaque is nothing but low density lipid accumulation. Our system can deal with high density lipids found in our food, but not low density lipids.

Symptoms of Ischemic Heart Disease

Typical symptoms include pain in the heart. Most of the time the pain radiates from the heart and moves down your left arm. It can even move up to your neck and jaws.
Other symptoms are throbbing pains. The pain sometimes resembles that of flatulence and therefore, people do not do anything about it.
The advanced symptoms are breathlessness, shortness of breath, palpitation, breaking into a cold sweat, lack of muscular coordination and ultimately, a fainting spell.


If detected on time, the ischemic heart disease can be controlled and in some cases treated too. The first few days of detection are critical because the person will be under observation.
Once the person is discharged from under medical supervision, he or she can start routine life slowly.
A few things these people need to remember:
1. Take the medication prescribed by the doctor diligently.
2. Eat the right kind of food and control your diet.
3. Exercise regularly and take care not to strain yourself unduly.
4. Keep the stress levels low by taking up some form of relaxation, even meditating.

Finally, keep yourself happy!

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