When the heart tissue does not receive an adequate blood supply, it cannot function as well as it should. If the myocardium's (specialized muscle tissue) blood supply is decreased for a length of time, a condition called ischemia may develop. Ischemia can decrease the heart's pumping ability, because the heart muscle is weakened due to a lack of food and oxygen.
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What happens when the heart does not get enough blood?
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What is mitral insufficiency?
Mitral insufficiency is a condition where the mitral valve has problems closing, letting blood leak back through the valve. Mild cases of mitral insufficiency, when a small amount of blood leaks, rarely cause problems. Severe cases can lead to damage to the ventricle and heart muscle.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What is a cyanotic heart defect?
Healthwise answeredCyanotic heart defects are abnormal openings between the heart chambers that allow oxygen-poor blood from the right side of the heart to mix with oxygen-rich blood from the left side of the heart. When a large amount of oxygen-poor blood mixes with oxygen-rich blood, it causes a bluish tint (cyanosis) in the skin, lips and nail beds.
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