Term: Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD)

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-03-21


Ischemia (is-KE'me-ah) is a condition in which the blood flow (and thus oxygen) is restricted to a part of the body. Cardiac ischemia is the name for lack of blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle. Thus, the term 'ischemic heart disease' refers to heart problems caused by narrowed heart arteries. When arteries are narrowed, less blood and oxygen reaches the heart muscle. This is also called coronary artery disease and coronary heart disease. It can ultimately lead to heart attack.

For a list of ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CA diagnostic codes and medication lists that MCHP has used to define this disease, please see the concept titled Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) / Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) - Measuring Prevalence.

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