ischemia ischemia  /ɪ ˈskɛ mi ə/

Definition(s):

  • (n) local anemia in a given body part sometimes resulting from vasoconstriction or thrombosis or embolism

Usage(s):

  1. Stress tests, which help doctors detect ischemia, or lack of blood flow to the cardiac muscle, can be performed using either echocardiograms or nuclear scans.
  2. Some doctors, after diagnosing ischemia, prescribe nitroglycerin, calcium blockers and other drugs that relax constricted arteries or slow the heart rate.

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