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What is inducible ischemia and how is it best treated? 

Recently my mom was tested positive for INDUCIBLE ISCHEMIA when undergoing a treadmill test. Can you please let me know the treatment and the exact explanation of inducible ischemia?  Your suggestions would be really helpful as we proceed toward treatment. Thanks in advance.

submitted Khan from Bangalore on 8/29/2012

Answer:

Patrick J. Cook, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Patrick J. Cook, MD    

"Inducible ischemia" means an inadequate supply of oxygen (via blood flow) to the heart muscle occurring with physical or emotional stress. The best treatment depends on a number of factors not mentioned in the question, and can include medicines, balloon angioplasty or stenting, or even bypass surgery. 

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Updated September 2012
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