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
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