Heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy caused by silent ischemia is among the more common causes of heart failure in the United States. Silent ischemia has no symptoms. But researchers have found that if you have episodes of noticeable chest pain, you may also have episodes of silent ischemia. Treatment for ischemia is similar to that for any form of cardiovascular disease and usually begins with the following lifestyle changes:. Your doctor may give you aspirin, anticoagulants, or other blood-thinning agents to prevent blood clots from forming. Oxygen may be given to increase the oxygen content of the blood still flowing through your heart.
Painkillers may be used for pain. Some patients take medicines that slow their heart rate, open and relax their blood vessels, and otherwise reduce the burden on the heart. Most patients respond well to these medicines. This study provides a good overview of the emerging molecular imaging radiotracers that can be used to study myocardial inflammation following ischemia.
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