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i ske mee uh

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

  • While painful or "noisy" ischemia (angina) often results from physical stress, like climbing stairs, even slight exertions, like balancing a checkbook, can trigger silent ischemia.
  • A paper published last year in the journal Angiology found 10 odd cases in France of heavy herbe smokers who developed ischemia (an insufficient blood supply) in their limbs .
  • 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.

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