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Ischemic Heart Disease: Introduction

**"Heart disease develops 7 to 10 years later in women than in men."** Ischemia is a term meaning that an inadequate supply of blood is reaching a part of the body. Ischemic heart disease thus means not enough blood is getting to the heart muscle. It is almost always caused by atherosclerosis (a narrowing of the arteries due to fatty deposits on their inner walls) in the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart muscle), and it is the most common cause of heart disease. The prevalence of ischemia increases with age. The first manifestation of ischemic heart disease is sometimes a fatal heart attack, but the condition's presence may be signaled by symptoms that should prompt lifesaving actions. Knowing these symptoms can mean living longer. And preventing heart disease in general means living happier — without symptoms or functional limitations.
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