Ischemic heart disease refers to conditions in which the heart muscle is damaged or works inefficiently because of inadequate blood flow to the heart. Ischemic heart disease is common in the United States. Every year, more than one million people suffer from heart attacks and doctors diagnose more than 16 million people with angina (chest pain).
Ischemic Heart Disease: What You Need to Know
Living a healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward preventing many types of heart disease. Following a low-fat diet, quitting smoking and exercising regularly can help keep your heart healthy. It is also important to manage conditions such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure (hypertension).
The University of Vermont Medical Center doctors use a collaborative approach to treating ischemic heart disease. Your team may include a number of different specialists working together to manage your care.
We use the most sophisticated cardiac technology available for diagnosing and treating ischemic heart disease, including the advanced echocardiogram.
The UVM Medical Center doctors tailor a course of treatment specifically for you. Your treatment will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the heart disease and your general health.
Experience, trusted expertise
At The UVM Medical Center, our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have years of experience diagnosing and treating ischemic heart disease. You can feel confident knowing you have placed your care in experienced and skilled hands.
What is ischemic heart disease?
Your heart needs a supply of oxygen and other nutrients in order to pump the blood throughout the body. Ischemic heart disease occurs when your blood vessels become narrow or blocked, making it difficult for your heart to receive the oxygen and nutrients. This results in your heart losing its blood supply, which may lead to tissue death and a heart attack.
Risk factors for ischemic heart disease include:
- Diabetes mellitus
- High cholesterol
- High stress levels
- Genetic factors
- Family history of heart disease
Diagnosis and Treatment: Ischemic Heart Disease
Symptoms of ischemic heart disease include chest pain and difficulty breathing. If you think you may be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
At The UVM Medical Center, we use the most advanced cardiac diagnostic tools to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Then, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you. Treatment options may include lifestyle changes, medication or surgery.
Find a doctor or specialist at The UVM Medical Center or call us at 802-847-4600.