Ischaemic Heart Disease

  • Donald N. Ross
  • Terence A. H. English
  • Roxane McKay


In this chapter, acquired ischaemic heart disease refers to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease and its sequelae. Other causes of cardiac ischaemia -connective tissue disorders, coronary embolism and various types of arteritis -together comprise less than 1% of cases. The overwhelming magnitude of the problem becomes apparent when it is appreciated that ischaemic heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in the populations of industrialised nations. In some countries, it accounts for one-third to one-half of all deaths. Moreover, the disease tends to affect patients around 50–60 years of age, causing disability during the prime of life.


Cardiogenic Shock Ischaemic Heart Disease Ventricular Septal Defect Acute Aortic Dissection Coronary Artery Spasm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald N. Ross
    • 1
  • Terence A. H. English
    • 2
  • Roxane McKay
    • 3
  1. 1.National Heart Hospital LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Papworth HospitalCambridgeUK
  3. 3.The Royal Liverpool Children’s HospitalLiverpoolUK

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