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About heart disease and heart attacks

Heart disease is any disorder that affects the heart's ability to function normally. The most common cause of heart disease is a narrowing or blockage in the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart muscle (coronary artery disease). This usually occurs over a lifetime based on various risk factors, however some heart diseases are present at birth (congenital heart disease).

Other causes include:

  • Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Abnormal heart valve function
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Weakening of the heart's pumping ability, often caused by infection or toxins (cardiomyopathy)

Common forms of heart disease:

  • Aortic stenosis
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Heart failure
  • Ischemic cardiomyopathy
  • Stable angina
  • Unstable angina
  • Tricuspid regurgitation

Determine your risk, take our Online Heart Disease Risk Assessment.
To find a physician visit our Find a Doc or call (502) 629-1234 for a physician referral.

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